The rise of the Information Age and the ascendancy of
Computer Graphics come together in the area of Information
Visualization, where interactive graphical interfaces are used
for revealing structure, extracting meaning, and navigating large
and complex information worlds.
Increasing amounts of data and information and the availability of fast digital network access (e.g., in the information highway environment) have created a demand for querying, accessing, and retrieving information and data. However, information technology will not transform business, science, medicine, engineering, and education if the users cannot use it easily and efficiently. Technology must come to the users, taking their needs into account. If we do not involve the users, we will develop useless systems. One of the concerns of this field is the human-information interface, and how advances in interactive computer graphics hardware, mass storage, and data visualization could be used to visualize information.