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A web services architecture for visualization

Wood, J., Brodlie, K.W., Seo, J., Duke, D.J. and Walton, J. (2008) A web services architecture for visualization. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience, 2008. eScience 2008, 7-12 December 2008, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. IEEE Computer Society Press , pp. 1-7. ISBN 978-0-7695-3535-7

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Service-oriented architectures are increasingly being used as the architectural style for creating large distributed computer applications. This paper examines the provision of visualization as a service that can be made available to application designers in order to combine with other services. We develop a three-layer architecture: a client layer which provides the user interface; a stateful web service middleware layer which provides a published interface to the visualization system; and finally, a visualization component layer which provides the core functionality of visualization techniques. This separation of middleware from the visualization components is crucial: it allows us to exploit the strengths of web service technologies in providing standardized access to the system, and in maintaining state information throughout a session, but also gives us the freedom to build our visualization layer in an efficient and flexible way without the constraints of web service protocols. We describe the design of a visualization service based on this architecture, and illustrate one aspect of the work by re-visiting an early example of web-based visualization.

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Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Irene Rudling
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2009 15:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 18:18
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/eScience.2008.51
Status: Published
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press
Identification Number: 10.1109/eScience.2008.51
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5040

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