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Example of NCVA applications

Figure: Examples of Visual Analytics applications produced in collaboration with partners.


National Center for Visual Analytics is a Swedish national resource funded by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation's (KK-Stiftelsen) Visualization Program and our industrial and government research partners in June 2008. Below is a list of our present and previous collaborative and funding partners.

NCVA Funding Partners

Our mission is to develop, enhance and transfer the most advanced methods, tools and applications in Visual Analytics and Geovisual Analytics, discuss problems and possible approaches to solving them, and define appropriate directions for further research. Today, NCVA collaborates with many leading research groups including Ericsson research Linkoping, Unilever Port Sunlight, SMHI Norrköping, SCB Statistics Sweden, OECD Paris, Eurostat, Norrköping Kommun, Linkoping Kommun, Göteborg Stad, Statistics Denmark and several European universities. Our visualization tools help these organizations to provide knowledge and advanced decision-making information and aims to contribute to increased social benefit and a sustainable society.

Campus Norrköping

We are located at Campus Norrköping - Department of Science and Technology.

Concept and Idea

The large and ever-increasing amounts of multi-dimensional, multi-source, time-varying digital information represent a major challenge for the future. The need to analyze and make decisions based on these information streams, often in time-critical situations, demands integrated, automatic and sophisticated interactive tools that aid the user to manage, process visualize and interact with large information spaces. This approach has been encapsulated in the idea of Visual Analytics, defined as the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces and creative visualization (see figure below).


The overall objective of NCVA is to promote GeoVisual and Visual Analytics use in Sweden. To this end we must make sure that industry, public sector and education is not left behind in this rapid evolution and can keep up with the international development and competition. In various applied research projects innovative VA techniques will be developed and used to build prototype visualization applications that provide managers, analysts and experts in industry, public services and academia, with novel visual decision-making tools which:

  • Improve the comprehensibility and reliability for the receiver,
  • Keep pace with increasing model complexity,
  • Reveal opportunities, risks and trends that would previously have gone unnoticed,
  • Retain the reasoning and validity that supports them,
  • Can be applied to and further enhance the latest dynamic Web technology.

GAV Flash Components


Figure: Geovisual Analytics comprises several research topics including information visualization, geographical visualization, perceptual science and storytelling etc.

The Geovisual Analytics platform and software on which this work will be based and the results generated within the project will leave NCVA in a position to provide the Geovisual Analytics software platforms required to allow multidisciplinary teams to work together to understand the technical challenges and rapidly develop prototypes for efficient explorative and web-based data analysis in many application scenarios.

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Last updated: 2013-10-07