The Collaborative User Experience group within IBM Research, has worked closely with the IBM Cognos software group to bring you this updated version of Many Eyes. This continues to be provided as a free public experiment, where we hope to continue to learn about social data visualization, and over time, try out new visualization types, features and other capabilities.
The core values behind Many Eyes remain unchanged… Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is still to “democratize” visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis. If you’ve used Many Eyes before, you’ll find that all of the features you’ve come to know and love are still available.
OK, so what’s new?
The first thing you’ll notice is that we’ve refreshed the look of the site. Yes, it’s bluer than before, but beyond color choices the new design makes the site significantly more accessible to those who use high contrast settings, large font, screen readers or keyboard navigation. We know that our work to make the site even more accessible is not done, and we’d like your feedback to help make it even better. It’s important to note that the visualizations themselves are not accessible, a significant challenge we recognize and need to address.
Other enhancements include the following:
- Enhanced security, so people use the site in the way that it is intended
- More control over your contributions – making it easier to delete a data set that you’ve contributed
- We’ve introduced message boards where you’ll find answers to many questions direct from the development team that works on Many Eyes (in order to contribute to the forums, you’ll need to create a developerWorks registration if you don’t already have one)
- This blog
Plus we cleaned up a bunch of minor defects that were reported by users.
We encourage additional feedback about enhancements or reports about something you really like. If you come across a defect we’ve missed, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – it really does help make the site better.