Using visualization to enhance sensemaking
Xiaolong Zhang, Associate Professor, Penn State University, University Park, PA, U.S.A..
Sensemaking is a process we human beings rely on to deal with new problems or unfamiliar situations where our existing knowledge is insufficient. This process usually involves gathering and analyzing available information, and developing representations that can fit relevant information in service of a task. Visualization can play an important role in sensemaking by helping people on various tasks, such as seeking, appraising, and organizing information.