IVDA 2008

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During the last decade capabilities to both generate and collect data and information have seen an explosive growth. Advances in scientific and business data collection (e.g. from sensors, space satellites, or finance, retail and production devices) have generated a flood of data and information. Advances in data storage technologies, such as faster, higher capacity and cheaperstorage devices, better database management systems and data warehousing technology have enabled us to collect "mountains" of stored data. Such volumes of data and information clearly overwhelm the traditional manual methods of data analysis such as spreadsheets, ad-hoc queries, or simplediagrams. New methods and tools which can intelligently and (semi-) automatically transform data into information and, furthermore, synthesize knowledge are the subject of the emerging field of “Visual Analytics“.