David Munechika

NOVA: A Practical Method for Creating Notebook-Ready Visual Analytics

Zijie J. Wang
Seongmin Lee
IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS), 2022
Received perfect score from reviewers


How can we develop visual analytics (VA) tools that can be easily adopted? Visualization researchers have developed a large number of web-based VA tools to help data scientists in a wide range of tasks. However, adopting these standalone systems can be challenging, as they require data scientists to create new workflows to streamline the VA processes. Recent surveys suggest computational notebooks have been dominating data scientists’ analytical workflows, as these notebooks seamlessly combine text, code, and visualization, allowing users to rapidly iterate code experiments. To help visualization researchers develop VA tools that can be easily integrated into existing data science workflows, we present NOVA, a simple and flexible method to adapt web-based VA systems for notebooks. We provide detailed examples of using this method with diverse web development technologies and different types of computational notebooks. Deployed application examples highlight that NOVA is easy to adopt, and data scientists appreciate in-notebook VA.




  title={NOVA: A Practical Method for Creating Notebook-Ready Visual Analytics},
  author={Wang, Zijie J and Munechika, David and Lee, Seongmin and Chau, Duen Horng},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:2205.03963},