A Comparative Study of Continuous and Discrete Visualisation of Tourism Information

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Venkataiah, Sudarshan, Sharda, Nalin and Ponnada, Mohan (2008) A Comparative Study of Continuous and Discrete Visualisation of Tourism Information. In: Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2008. O'Connor, Peter, Höpken, Wolfram and Gretzel, Ulrike, eds. Springer, Wien, Austria, pp. 12-23.


This paper presents a comparative analysis of Continuous versus Discrete Visualisation of tourism information. With remarkable web development in the recent years, a broad range of tourism information is distributed over millions of websites. This is a boon as well as a problem for the user. When information on a tour is needed, the user has to explore various web sites and collate discrete chunks of information, we call this Discrete Visualisation. To solve this problem we are developing an Intelligent Visual Travel Recommender System (IVTRS) that finds information form relevant web sites and presents it as a video clip, i.e. Continuous Visualisation. This paper presents an overview of the architecture and the prototype of an IVTRS that presents Continuous Visualisation. A usability study was conducted - using a prototype - with eight users comprising beginner, intermediate as well as advanced users. This study demonstrated that users found Continuous Visualisation easier to work with and to obtain the required information.

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Proceedings of the International Conference in Innsbruck, Austria, 2008

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/5121
DOI 10.1007/978-3-211-77280-5_2
ISBN 9783211772799
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0802 Computation Theory and Mathematics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > SEO Classification > 9003 Tourism
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID15592, intelligent visual travel recommender system (IVTRS), visualisation, discrete visualisation, continuous visualisation, usability study
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