VisTrails is a new system that enables interactive multiple-view visualizations by simplifying the creation and maintenance of visualization pipelines, and by optimizing their execution. It provides a general infrastructure that can be combined with existing visualization systems and libraries.
By maintaining the provenance of both the visualization processes and data they manipulate, it enables reproducibility and simplifies the complex problem of creating and maintaining visualization products. This allows scientists to efficiently and effectively explore data through visualization: they can explore their visualization product by returning to previous versions of a dataflow (or visualization pipeline), apply a dataflow instance to different data, explore the parameter space of the dataflow, query the visualization history, and comparatively visualize different results.
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A few VisTrails screenshots that show different components of the system are available.
A pre-alpha version of VisTrails is available here (Windows version).
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A tutorial covering some of the key features of VisTrails is also available.
This work was partially supported by the National Science Foundation under grants IIS-0513692, CCF-0401498, EIA-0323604, CNS-0541560, and OISE-0405402, the Department of Energy, an IBM Faculty Award and a University of Utah Seed Grant.