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Information 2018, 9(3), 65;

Storytelling and Visualization: An Extended Survey

Visual and Interactive Computing Group, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
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Received: 24 January 2018 / Revised: 22 February 2018 / Accepted: 9 March 2018 / Published: 14 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Information Theory and Methodology)


Throughout history, storytelling has been an effective way of conveying information and knowledge. In the field of visualization, storytelling is rapidly gaining momentum and evolving cutting-edge techniques that enhance understanding. Many communities have commented on the importance of storytelling in data visualization. Storytellers tend to be integrating complex visualizations into their narratives in growing numbers. In this paper, we present a survey of storytelling literature in visualization and present an overview of the common and important elements in storytelling visualization. We also describe the challenges in this field as well as a novel classification of the literature on storytelling in visualization. Our classification scheme highlights the open and unsolved problems in this field as well as the more mature storytelling sub-fields. The benefits offer a concise overview and a starting point into this rapidly evolving research trend and provide a deeper understanding of this topic. View Full-Text
Keywords: storytelling; narrative; information visualization; scientific visualization storytelling; narrative; information visualization; scientific visualization

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Tong, C.; Roberts, R.; Borgo, R.; Walton, S.; Laramee, R.S.; Wegba, K.; Lu, A.; Wang, Y.; Qu, H.; Luo, Q.; Ma, X. Storytelling and Visualization: An Extended Survey. Information 2018, 9, 65.

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