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Automatic Layout of Project Plans Using a Metro Map Metaphor

Stott, Jonathan, Rodgers, Peter, Burkhard, Remo Aslak, Meier, Michael, Smis, Matthias T. J. (2005) Automatic Layout of Project Plans Using a Metro Map Metaphor. In: 9th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV05), 6-8 July 2005, London, United Kingdom. (doi:10.1109/IV.2005.26) (KAR id:14301)

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In this paper, we describe a tool to improve inter-functional communication of project plans by displaying them as a metro map. Our tool automatically lays out plans using a multicriteria system adapted for the application area. Previous studies have shown that displaying project plans using a metro map metaphor as a complementary visualization to Gantt charts attracts and engages individuals, presents an overview of detail and initiates discussions. Creating such a map manually is time consuming. Hence, we have developed a software tool that converts a standard planning format into a metro map visualization and assists designers in generating comprehensible layouts. Our findings may be important for researchers in the domain of human computer interaction, project managers, knowledge visualization and communication scientists.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/IV.2005.26
Uncontrolled keywords: Knowledge visualization in projects, Visual metaphor, Project tube map algorithm
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Peter Rodgers
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:03 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:25 UTC
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