DEVise: an Environment for Data Exploration and Visualization

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DEVise (Data Exploration and Visualization) is a data exploration system that allows users to easily develop, browse, and share visual presentations of large tabular datasets (possibly containing or referencing multimedia objects) from several sources.

Our emphasis is on developing an intuitive yet powerful set of querying and visualization primitives that can be easily combined to develop a rich set of visual presentations that integrate data from a wide range of application domains.

The DEVise JavaScreen

DEVise JavaScreen

The DEVise JavaScreen is a Java applet that allows much of the functionality of DEVise to be accessed via the Internet. Click here to see some applications of the JavaScreen and try it out for yourself.

Four Steps from Data to Visualization

Click here to find out how to import and visualize data in DEVise.


These features distinguish DEVise from other visualization environments:


Check out the following examples for some cool pictures, and a quick introduction to what DEVise can do.

In Depth

For a detailed description of DEVise:


Christopher E. Weaver and Miron Livny. ``Improving Visualization Interactivity in Java'' Proceedings of the SPIE Conference on Visual Data Exploration and Analysis, January, 2000, pp. 62-72.

Hongyu Yao, Kent Wenger, and Miron Livny. ``DEVise and the JavaScreen: Visualization on the Web'' Proceedings of the SPIE Conference on Visual Data Exploration and Analysis, January, 2000, pp. 375-384.

Miron Livny, Raghu Ramakrishnan, Kevin Beyer, Guangshun Chen, Donko Donjerkovic, Shilpa Lawande, Jussi Myllymaki, and Kent Wenger.``DEVise: Integrated Querying and Visual Exploration of Large Datasets.'' Proceedings of ACM SIGMOD, May, 1997. The abstract of the demo session.

Karen L. Karavanic, Jussi Myllymaki, Miron Livny, and Barton P. Miller. ``Integrated Visualization of Parallel Program Performance Data.'' In Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Environments and Tools for Parallel Scientific Computing, August, 1996.

Miron Livny, Raghu Ramakrishnan, and Jussi Myllymaki. ``Visual Exploration of Large Data Sets.'' In Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Conference on Visual Data Exploration and Analysis, January, 1996.

Michael Cheng, Miron Livny, and Raghu Ramakrishnan. ``Visual Analysis of Stream Data.'' In Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Conference on Visual Data Exploration and Analysis, February, 1995.

Raghu Ramakrishnan, Michael Cheng, Miron Livny, and Praveen Seshadri, ``What's next? Sequence queries.'' In Proceedings of the International Conference on the Management of Data (COMAD), December, 1994.

Release Information

The most current released version of DEVise is version 1.11.0.

If you're a University of Wisconsin Computer Sciences user, or someone else with access to the /afs/ AFS cell you can run DEVise 1.11.0 from /p/devise/release.

To run DEVise 1.11.0 from /p/devise/release click here.

If you don't have access to /afs/, you need to download DEVise to run it.

DEVise 1.11.0 executables are available for the following architectures:

To download DEVise click here.


Here is a copy of the DEVise documentation (in PostScript). (Note that this documentation is not fully up-to-date.)


For more information on this research project, contact Miron Livny or Kent Wenger.

User Support Hotline

Send mail to the DEVise User Support Hotline.

DEVise People

Here's a list of people who are working on DEVise or have worked on DEVise.


This project is supported in part by NSF grant IIS-9802882.

All text and images Copyright © 1996-2010, DEVise Development Group, Madison, WI.

Last updated 2010-07-21.