TilePix: An exploratory interface to astronomical image databases

Avon Huxor*, Steve Phillipps

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2010
Subtitle of host publicationExtending Boundaries - Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Pages679-682
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2010
Event6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries, NordiCHI 2010 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 16 Oct 201020 Oct 2010

Conference

Conference6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries, NordiCHI 2010
CountryIceland
CityReykjavik
Period16/10/1020/10/10

Keywords

  • Exploration of data
  • Image database access
  • Premature formalization

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