CoMotion is the result of many years of basic research in information retrieval, visualization, and human-computer interactions. It is designed with pervasive computing in mind, so as data-generating devices and computers become more prevalent, CoMotion will be able to handle the resulting deluge of data and help with its interpretation.
The key enabling concept is universal uniqueness of information. This uniqueness allows the development of tools that are information-centric, not document-centric &mdash where information is trapped in or tightly bound by the software that created it. Freeing information allows software to be crafted that uses data in exactly the ways humans want.
Further, this uniqueness allows many people to see and edit the same data at the same time &mdash the core of collaboration. The following pages discuss the concepts that make our type of collaborative visualizations possible.