3D-Internet: The Democratization of Interactive Visualization
   Philipp Slusallek   
                                          We live in a strange world: We have fast Internet and all of our computing devices now have powerful 3D graphics hardware built into them -- however, there is hardly any interactive 3D content on the Internet and this ubiquitous hardware is almost only used for game content that is broadcast from a few companies. This is in stark contrast to the participatory platform of the Internet as a whole and the strong role of User Generated Content there. Interactive Visualization is the only means to understand the complexity of data about ourselves and our environment. It is vital, therefore, to make it as easy as possible for anyone to create new visualizations of data, instantly share them with the world, and for everyone to see and interact with the data and combine it in new ways. This is currently not possible. With XML3D we have developed a new technology that integrates highly interactive 3D graphics directly into HTML-5 -- enabling the 3D-Internet. Because all graphical elements are first class entities of the HTML-5 DOM and can be created and managed in exactly the same way as today's 2D Web elements, any Web developer can quickly start to extend Web sites with interactive 3D content, to combine 2D and 3D Web content in interesting ways to visualize and explain complex data, and to create mash-ups that allow various data sources to be combined and visualized for everyone to explore via the existing Web infrastructure.