The last week found me teasing out techniques for working with sidenotes as alternative to footnotes or endnotes. In a contentually brilliant PhD Dissertation on timelines as a digital collection visualisation tool – I was concurrently impressed by the quality of the layout of the entire dissertation to enhance readability. Florian Kräutli’s dissertation is a great example of having some latitude to take the reader into account and make the content of a PhD dissertation usable beyond merely submitting it to check a box. Continue reading
We all know that Shawn loves his mobile phones. It’s constant quest to find the optimal UX to suit my needs, sense of aesthetics and visual challenges. Last week, through the generosity of conference organisers I picked up a BlackBerry Leap running BB10.3. It’s oddly (perhaps) the second BB I have personally used (I was tempted by the Passport – hey, I do really like different – but it was too pricey for a discretionary purchase).
Back in 1998 we (my business partners and I) acquired little inter@ctive 950‘s – in front of the market and the cherished gadget of choice amongst techie geeks. It wedded me to being connected at the hip to my co-workers and being able to share an immediate experience across distances via a ‘smart’ communication device. I was asked to return my 900 when I parted company with Ardesic in 2001 and strangely despite being quite enamoured of my BB experience fought the urge to be so connected. I hear snickers at that line from those that know me. Continue reading
I was thrilled to attend a presentation by Lev Manovich at the Trinity CTVR on the 6th Sept on ‘Cultural Analytics: How to use big data to unlearn what we know?’
The experience was inspiring and enthralling and my thanks to Karolina B for passing along her ticket. Manovich reviewed a number of his more prominent projects ranging from earlier work visualising large (and complete) collections of magazine covers and magazine pages as reflections of social culture. He also shared more recent work exploring image data from social media to identify similar cultural patterns and to disctinguish between the way in which ‘social’ media is constructed.
Manovich’s project material is publicly accessible at: softwarestudies.com Continue reading
One of the more exciting – for me personally at least – digital humanities projects that I have come across this year is Kindred Britain.
Kindred Britain is a network of nearly 30,000 individuals — many of them iconic figures in British culture — connected through family relationships of blood, marriage, or affiliation. It is a vision of the nation’s history as a giant family affair.
So, it sounds like it is a basically a visualisation or interactive version of the Dictionary of National Biography. But …. no it is in fact so much more. Continue reading
Well, it’s another election passed for me in Ireland. Ireland went to the polls last Friday and turnout was a respectable well above 50% of eligible voters stating their preferences. A few tight runs and a few surprises. The process of the count here is fascinating for me as a Canadian. Staying up a few hours after the polls close in Canada and you pretty much know the shape of the government to be, where in Ireland the full process in guaranteed to take days to complete. Continue reading
Just for simples, a quick plot of voter turnout according to the EU Parliament over the past three elections by country. Note (and important) voting in EU elections is compulsory in Belgium, Luxemburg, Greece and Cyrus (and even then whoa Cyprus – what’s that say??). Interesting for what’s in the aggregate numbers. Continue reading
The bank holiday affords the luxury of playing around with all the little bits of code and technology that one saves for that oft too often mythical ‘later’. I found a bit of later today and decided to try out StoryMap JS Authoring Tool – a really handy and user friendly implementation with the spatial side of their stunning Timeline JS tool (used very nicely for example in the recent Hilda Tweedy Archive project at Trinity College Dublin). My humble project below (also available via their own CDN The McAteers in Guelph) repurposes some bits from an article I published 12 years ago looking at a particular family’s experience in the later Victorian hotel trade in Canada as exemplar of the wider evolution of the trade.
The rather innocuously titled ‘Visualising helps make sense of data‘ by Teresa Tocewicz crossed my radar this morning. It’s a short, succinct piece that doesn’t raise any contentious ides, instead reinforcing and reminding why and how we approach the visualisation of data in digital humanities scholarship. Online tools have made it easier than ever to present data in compelling visual creations – something that should send shudders and set off warning alarms. Much like the deluge of data, we have an accompanying profusion of infographics that still hold huge authority for the quality of production, but can fall down for the lack of thought and professional consideration of the impact and the ways in which we communicate visually. Continue reading