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GeneaQuilts

Participants : Jean-Daniel Fekete [correspondant] , Pierre Dragicevic, Anastasia Bezerianos, Julie Bae, Ben Watson.

Figure 5. The genealogy of the Simpsons family (left) and of the Greek Pantheon (right), produced by the GeneaQuilts software.
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GeneaQuilts [2] is a new genealogy exploration software that allows genealogists and historians to visualize and navigate in large genealogies of up to several thousand individuals (Fig. 5 ). The visualization takes the form of a diagonally-filled matrix, where rows are individuals and columns are nuclear families. The GeneaQuilts system includes an overview, a timeline, search and filtering components, and a new interaction technique called Bring & Slide that allows fluid navigation in very large genealogies. The tool has been featured in several InfoVis and genealogy Websites and the website has been visited over 9000 times. It has been integrated in commercial and open-source implementations (4 to date). See also the web page http://www.aviz.fr/geneaquilts/ .