Last week, we announced general availability of our Advanced Visualization Framework (AVF) for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. We’ve received a lot of great feedback and we’re excited to see what our customers and partners can create and discover in a matter of days. Because the AVF is a framework, we’ve already gotten some questions and wanted to address some uncertainty around “what’s in the box”. For example: Is it really that easy? What capabilities does it have? What are the out of the box visualizations I get with the framework?
Ease of Use
However, the true value is in realizing how this can be used in real data scenarios. For example, picture a network of data related to intelligence gathering. I can visualize people, say known terrorists, and organizations they are affiliated with. From there, I can see others who may be affiliated with those organizations in a variety of ways (family relations, telephone calls, emails). The visualization is interactive, it lends itself to exploration through panning, scanning and re-centering. It can show all available detail about a given entity or relationship and provide focused detail when things get to be a bit of a jumble: And again, the key is configuration and flexibility over coding. The icons for each college are present on my web server but are driven entirely by the data, and retrieved and rendered using the framework. The color and behavior of my circles is configurable via CSS.
What’s In The Box?
So, you’re seeing some of the great stuff we’ve been building inside our AVF. Some of the visualizations are still in progress, some of them are “proof of concept” but a lot of it is already packaged up and included. We ship with visualizations for Box Plots, Donut Charts, Animated Timeline (aka Health and Wealth of Nations), and our Tree Map. In addition, we ship with almost a dozen code samples for other use cases that can give you a jump start on what you’re trying to create. This includes a US Choropleth (States and Counties), a number of hierarchical and parent-child discovery visualizations as well as a Sunburst chart. In addition, we’ll be “refreshing the library” on a monthly basis with new visualizations and updates to existing ones. These updates might be as simple as demonstrations of best practices and design patterns to fully fledged supported visualizations built by the Engineering team here in Chicago. Our customers and partners who are using the framework can expect an update on that front around the first of the month.
As always, feedback and questions welcome at product [at] ranzal.com.