Workbench Definition (Comparison with Dashboard)
There are three areas within SenseMaker® where data presentation is of concern:
- Workbench: specialising in data analytics.
- Dashboard: containing generic (helicopter) views of the data.
- Embedded output: enabling collection respondents (such as those creating journals) to receive various forms of feedback and data in the course of their interaction with the system.
The Workbench is a general purpose data analytical tool designed to support the interpretation of collected SenseMaker® framework data. It has a focus of:
- Large data volumes.
- Statistical methods.
- Algebraic approaches.
- Aggregation visualisation graphics.
The Workbench was developed prior to the Dashboard, thus it contains some overlap of features. But it is expected that some areas of overlap is natural in that it will avoid the need to swap tools during a work session.
The Dashboard is a generic data visualisation tool aimed at giving overviews, quick patterns, collection management support and executive summary graphics for SenseMaker® framework data.
Embedded visualisations will provide context sensitive analytical or graphical feedback information within the SenseMaker® collection applications in a highly integrated way.
This will enable real-time contextual feedback and alerts to respondents. Additionally embedded analytics will enable social interaction options, respondent journey opportunities, the ability to see what others in similar or dissimilar situations have contributed and anticipatory awareness triggers.
The OpenAPIs will enable third party developers to provide their own tools under licence, bringing diversity but in particular specialisation in analytical tools.