Harnessing WebGL and WebSockets for a Web-Based Collaborative Graph Exploration Tool

Björn Zimmer, Andreas Kerren

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The advancements of web technologies in recent years made it possible to switch from traditional desktop software to online solutions. Today, people naturally use web applications to work together on documents, spreadsheets, or blogs in real time. Also interactive data visualizations are more and more shared in the web. They are thus easily accessible, and it is possible to collaboratively discuss and explore complex data sets. A still open problem in collaborative information visualization is the online exploration of node-link diagrams of graphs (or networks) in fields such as social sciences or systems biology. In this paper, we address challenges related to this research problem and present a client/server-based visualization system for the collaborative exploration of graphs. Our approach uses WebGL to render large graphs in a web ap plication and provides tools to coordinate the analysis process of multiple users in synchronous as well as asynchronous sessions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering the Web in the Big Data Era - 15th International Conference, ICWE 2015, Proceedings
EditorsFlavius Frasincar, Geert-Jan Houben, Philipp Cimiano, Daniel Schwabe
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319198897
ISBN (Print)0302-9743
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event15th International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2015) - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 23 Jun 201526 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2015)
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  • Collaboration
  • Graph drawing
  • Network visualization
  • Web user interfaces
  • WebGL
  • WebSockets


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