data / visual analysis & digital humanities

zoe borovsky zoe@ats.ucla.edu

drucker (& nowviskie), 2004, speculative computing

• embodiment should be a dynamic and  subjective process • our tools should engage us in a  “dynamic, generative, iterative”  process • model as an interpretive expression of  a particular dataset

MONK: metadata offers new knowledge visual analysis

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traditional text­ analysis tools  feature prominent  visualization tools 

http://www.monkproject.org/

data/ visual analysis

TAPoR: text analysis portal for research
• • • runs in web­ browser interactive displays upload your own  texts
http://portal.tapor.ca/

visualization applications become text-friendly

“Many Eyes is a bet on the  power of human visual  intelligence to find patterns.”  “Our goal is to ‘democratize’  visualization and to enable a  new social kind of data  analysis.” 

http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/home

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runs in web­browser interactive displays users have access to  the underlying data  visualizations can be  embedded or linked  

data/ visual analysis

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visualization tools are more accessible to the “lone  scholar” more data is available in machine­readable format are these useful tools for humanities research? can they  engage us in a “dynamic, generative, iterative”  analysis?  

an approach (works in progress) data/ visual analysis

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model your data/metadata interpret re­present

macfadyen: meter & rhyme, repetition
visual analysis

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a quick, overall view

almila: overview of a discipline, citation visual analysis network

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data/ visual analysis

an overview
• semaspace:  • easy to arrange data from a  spreadsheet to a two­column format • abstract view of data is helpful • sample

authors who cite articles published in data/ visual analysis Leonardo mostly art
journals
Subject Area ART PSYCHOLOGY, EXPERIMENTAL Record Count 770 154 % of 1689 45.5891% 9.1178%

mostly Leonardo
Source Title LEONARDO PERCEPTION Record Count 659 39 % of 1689 39.0172% 2.3091% 1.3618% 1.0657% 1.0657% 0.7697% 0.6513% 0.6513% 0.5921% 0.5329%

PSYCHOLOGY

103

6.0983% PERCEPTION & PSYCHOPHYSICS 23

HUMANITIES, MULTIDISCIPLINARY

77

4.5589% DIGITAL CREATIVITY 18 18 13 OF 11

MUSIC

68

4.0261% LEONARDO MUSIC JOURNAL

PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY COMPUTER ENGINEERING COMPUTER METHODS SCIENCE, SOFTWARE

58

3.4340%

COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL BRITISH JOURNAL AESTHETICS

52

3.0787%

SCIENCE,

THEORY

&

47

2.7827%

JOURNAL OF AESTHETICS AND 11 ART CRITICISM INTERFACE-JOURNAL OF NEW 10 MUSIC RESEARCH BELFAGOR 9

COMPUTER SCIENCE, INTERDISCIPLINARY 42 APPLICATIONS PHILOSOPHY (140 Subject Area value(s) outside display options.) 35

2.4867% 2.0722%

(529 Source Title value(s) outside display options.)

will digital humanities provide new knowledge?
• or just “better”/different artifacts,  communication & arguments? weigh the benefits and risks of an  opportunity greater benefits if: • • viewed as a process (rather than product) integrated into research as well as  instruction as much processing in the hands of  researchers as practical scholars and developers work together

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