23 October 2013 12 1 :30 pm Pugh Hall 210 Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG) Discussion: Thinking Visually: Seeing Information and Ideologies DHWG Conveners Dhanashree Thorat, English, firstname.lastname@example.org Laurie Taylor, Digital Humanities Librarian, UF Libraries, email@example.com Sophia K. Acord, Associate Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, firstname.lastname@example.org Discussion: Thinking Visually: Seeing Information and Ideologies In many disciplines, the main interest in visualization is practical: how can I enhance my current practice and better communicate it to others by visualizing my data? At this level, the contribution of artists is typically presentational, and consi sts in sharing strategies or methods to show information clearly. But, visualization is seldom, if ever, a neutral tool for sharing information. Rather, visualizations transmit their own ideological assumptions encoded in them and in the digital devices th at we use to disseminate them, often below the awareness of those who create or use them. In addition to visualization's 'practical' uses, we can also think about information visualization as a narrative strategy, for example, to stimulate creative or disc overy, to engage in community building via crowd sourcing input, or to otherwise to construct our experiences with and knowledge of information in particular ways. This DHWG discussion will be led by Profs. Jack Stenner (Art + Art History) and Terry Harpo ld (English) to discuss the tremendous opportunities raised by information visualization, as well as the important critical and reflexive processes that researchers and communicators must engage in to truly understand the impact of visualization technolog ies. Project Examples Prof. Jack Stenner's Delicious list of visualization links: http://delicious.com/jstenner/tag_bundle/visualization including http://demonocracy.info/infographics/usa/us_debt/us_debt.html A map of Twitter users in the Gainesville area: http://www.mapbox.com/labs/twitter gnip/locals/#8/29.729/ 83.477 and a reflexive discussion of Twitter visualizations: http://www.visualizing.org/stories/visualizing twitter Reading 1. Edward R. Tufte (2001) "Aesthetics and Technique in Data Graphical Design" The Visual Display of Quantitativ e Information (2nd ed.) Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press: 177 190. 2. Mitchell Whitelaw (2008) "Art Against Information: Case Studies in Data Practice" The Fibreculture Journal (11). < http://eleven.fibreculturejournal.org/fcj 067 art against information case studies in data practice > 3. Optional Reading: James Elkins (1997) The Art Bulletin 79.2: 191 98. 4. Optional Reading: Bruno Latour & Adam Lowe. The Migration of the Aura, or How to Explore the Original through Its Facsimiles Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press Discussion Questions 1. Choose a particular visualization to discuss. What information does this visualization convey, and what elements of knowledge or information -for example, on the textual level -do we overlook when we map or visualize data? 2. How ca n visualization tools act as narrative strategies, by revealing other, less explicit, processes of democratization or exclusivity in how they are presented to their users?
UF Resources/Websites for the Digital Humanities Digital Humanities Working Group The UF Dig ital Humanities Working Group (DHWG) is a group of academic and library faculty, staff, and graduate students who meet monthly to discuss current projects and topics at the intersection of digital technologies and core research needs and questions in the h umanities disciplines. The Fall 2013 working groups will focus on Looking at the Humanities; Information and Visualization. We will discuss the various ways in which forms of data and research in the humanities are visualized, the theories behind visualiza tion, and tools for expanding our own visualization practices. For more information on the Digital Humanities at UF, see www.uflib.ufl.edu/digitalhumanities For more information, contact humanities email@example.com Ongoing DHWG Projects The DHWG is sharing related teaching resources and syllabi: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/digitalhumanities To include your syllabus, email Laurie Taylor. Supporting Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age: Needs and Recommendations from the DHWG mail firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the Google document Upcoming Events in the Digital Humanities 20 November 2013 12 1 :30 pm Pugh Hall 210 Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG) Diving Into Visualization: Tools for Resear ch and Teaching http://www.humanities.ufl.edu/calendar/20131120 DHWG.html Digital Humanities Day d Annual wit h THATCamp UF and Interface 2014 April 2 4 & 2 5, Thursday and Friday (reading day s ) 8:15am to 4:30pm Smathers Library East ( 1A ) and online *breakfast, lunch, and coffee/snacks to be provided Other Upcoming Events Please see the Calendar from the Center for the Humanities & the Public Sphere for other upcoming events: http://www.humanities.ufl.edu/calendar.html Also, please note that pre planning will soon start for THATCamp UF for Spring 2014.