The human race is tremendously influenced by sensory perceptions. The way human beings understand, learn, grow, and adapt is based on the ability to perceive, view, and conceptualize thoughts and ideas.
The field of information visualization is relatively new. Its foundational period is now ending, and it is rapidly moving forward into the marketplace. Since its beginnings in the 1980s with high-end, expensive computer workstations that
allowed for real-time and advanced interactive graphics for animation, space exploration, and visual effects in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) formats, information visualization technologies are readily available to anyone with a standard PC platform.
Current applications of 2D and 3D information visualization technologies are presented in terms of current hardware/equipment, software applications, Web sites that focus on the use of this technology, and experiments.
Practical applications for information organizations to work with this technology is discussed in terms of economics, staffing, and equipment needed to begin experimentation and presentation to users.
This report ends with a look at what the future of 2D and 3D information visualization for information organizations will be in regards to challenges, concerns, trends, and visionary approaches to this technology.