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iVAC (Integrated Visualization and Analytics Community )

November 5, 2011

Visual Analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces.  Data Analytics is the science of developing mathematical foundations in a new generation of computationalmethods for drawing out patterns and inferences from massive amounts of unstructured, multi-modal data. Together, Visual and Data Analytics allow for exploration and understanding of complex data sources, in order to make real-time decisions.  The technologies being developed throughout the global Visual and Data Analytics research enterprise, that is, what we are calling the Integrated Visualization and Analytics Community (iVAC), are intended to support the application of human judgment to make the best possible use of information and share it with others. Among the uses of these technologies is addressing threats, whether terrorist-originated, manmade or natural, immediate or long-term. There are many other applications for visualization and analytics; all to be explored as our community grows.

The iVAC is addressing the needs of homeland security, risk management, financial analytics, public health, bioinformatics and community resilience, and is comprised of an international network of interdisciplinary researchers, public safety practitioners, government agencies, industry partners and community leaders. 

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