What is interactive information visualization? Let’s first look at information visualization, or info viz for short. Info viz is exactly what the name implies - methods of visualizing data, typically large amounts of it, in a coherent and organized manner. A simple bar chart, pie chart or graph is an example of information visualization. More complex visualizations can be found within just about any work Edward Tufte works on. Interactive information visualization, is info viz that can be manipulated. You might even say it’s info viz with an … interactive component!
I, like many people, love information and data visualization. Sadly, it sucks. The examples of successful visualization are so few and far between that Tufte scours several centuries of material for a handful of good ones, and need only open the daily newspaper to get 50 bad ones. Now one need only add an interactive component to the equation and we go from a handful to essentially none.