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Analysing the impact of natural metaphors in visualising COVID-19 data

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Thank you for supporting the German Aerospace Center and the Institute for Geoinformatics, Münster, in their research work with your participation in this survey. This assessment is a component of the research conducted by the Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualisation (SRV) group at the Institute of Software Technology of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is also integrated into the master thesis authored by Sandhya Rajendran of the Institute for Geoinformatics (IFGI).

The study is part of the LOKI-Pandemics project, in collaboration with the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI). The goal of this study is to assess the impact of natural metaphors in visualising COVID-19. In order to achieve the stated goal of the project, a platform is being developed that will compare two visualisations (one standard and one utilising metaphors).

The study begins by inquiring about participants' educational backgrounds to assess if individual factors influence the interpretation of visual data. Subsequently, participants will engage in two assignments: the first evaluates each visualisation independently, while the second assesses a combined visualisation. Post-task, participants will offer feedback on task difficulty and satisfaction with the interaction and rate their confidence in the presented information.

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