Patent number 8645853 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Data analysis tools provide a user with one of two types of workspace, a freeform workspace or a structured workspace. A freeform workspace provides a great deal of flexibility in layout. Indeed, it often provides more flexibility than is needed for data analysis and it becomes time consuming to layout the required information. A structured workspace is too rigid. While the process of laying out the required information is fast, the lack of flexibility prevents the user from viewing the data in an optimal format.
"In view of the foregoing, it would be highly desirable to develop a data analysis workspace that finds a middle ground between flexibility and speed during layout."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The invention includes a computer readable storage medium with executable instructions to provide a Graphical User Interface with a plurality of visualization types and a semi-structured workspace. A drag-and-drop of a visualization type into a drop zone in the semi-structured workspace is received. The drop zone corresponds to a location in the semi-structured workspace where an associated visualization is displayed. A link is created between the associated visualization and a query to a data source.
"The invention also includes a computer readable storage medium with executable instructions to provide a Graphical User Interface with a plurality of visualizations. The plurality of visualizations are linked to a query to a data source. An action is received within a visualization of the plurality of visualizations and the action updates the query to the data source. The plurality of visualizations is updated based on the results of the query."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Prinsen, Edward; Lo,
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