Query : 2016ApJ...818..115V

2016ApJ...818..115V - Astrophys. J., 818, 115 (2016/February-3)

Advanced data visualization in astrophysics: the X3D pathway.


Abstract (from CDS):

Most modern astrophysical data sets are multi-dimensional; a characteristic that can nowadays generally be conserved and exploited scientifically during the data reduction/simulation and analysis cascades. However, the same multi-dimensional data sets are systematically cropped, sliced, and/or projected to printable two-dimensional diagrams at the publication stage. In this article, we introduce the concept of the ''X3D pathway'' as a mean of simplifying and easing the access to data visualization and publication via three-dimensional (3D) diagrams. The X3D pathway exploits the facts that (1) the X3D 3D file format lies at the center of a product tree that includes interactive HTML documents, 3D printing, and high-end animations, and (2) all high-impact-factor and peer-reviewed journals in astrophysics are now published (some exclusively) online. We argue that the X3D standard is an ideal vector for sharing multi-dimensional data sets because it provides direct access to a range of different data visualization techniques, is fully open source, and is a well-defined standard from the International Organization for Standardization. Unlike other earlier propositions to publish multi-dimensional data sets via 3D diagrams, the X3D pathway is not tied to specific software (prone to rapid and unexpected evolution), but instead is compatible with a range of open-source software already in use by our community. The interactive HTML branch of the X3D pathway is also actively supported by leading peer-reviewed journals in the field of astrophysics. Finally, this article provides interested readers with a detailed set of practical astrophysical examples designed to act as a stepping stone toward the implementation of the X3D pathway for any other data set.

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Journal keyword(s): methods: data analysis - publications, bibliography - standards - techniques: miscellaneous

Simbad objects: 3

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Number of rows : 3
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 HCG 91 CGG 22 09 00.8 -27 47 36           ~ 54 0
2 NGC 7214 Sy1 22 09 07.6631604816 -27 48 34.160960772   12.48 14.10 11.40   ~ 131 0
3 ESO 467-13 GiG 22 09 13.9920880800 -27 46 55.650989460   14.76   13.99   ~ 53 0

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