TilePix: An exploratory interface to astronomical image databases

A Huxor, S Phillipps

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Abstract

In this paper we present TilePix, an ongoing project to design and build a visual interface to massive, astronomical, imaging databases. We focus on the motivation, design rationale and early decisions taken to design the interface. We address the problem that arises when astronomical image data is reduced to metadata by automated tools, losing much of the basic information. TilePix allows a structured access to the raw image data, through the metadata, facilitating exploration and discovery. This is achieved by creating image tiled image displays that represent the formal data normally used by astronomers. The use of the prototype is also briefly described. © 2010 ACM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2010
Subtitle of host publication: Extending Boundaries - Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Place of PublicationDepartment of Physics, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL, United Kingdom
Pages679-682
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameNordiCHI 2010: Extending Boundaries - Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Keywords

  • Astronomical images
  • Automated tools
  • Design
  • Design and build
  • Design rationale
  • Early decision
  • Exploration of data
  • Exploratory interfaces
  • Human computer interaction
  • Image database
  • Image database access
  • Knowledge management
  • Metadata
  • Premature formalization
  • Raw image data
  • Tiled images
  • Visual Interface

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