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The Craft of Information Visualization by Ben Shneiderman, Benjamin B. Bederson

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Visual Information Management for Network Configuration

Harsha Kumar*, Catherine Plaisant, Marko Teittinen*+ and Ben Shneiderman*+,     Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, Center for Automation Research

Abstract

Current network management systems rely heavily on forms in their user interfaces. The interfaces reflect the intricacies of the network hardware components but provide little support for guiding users through tasks. There is a scarcity of useful graphical visualizations and decision-support tools.

We applied a task-oriented approach to design and implemented the user interface for a prototype network configuration management system. Our user interface provides multiple overviews of the network (with potentially thousands of ...

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