Topics: Elijah’s talk at the Bay Area d3 Users Group, Sankey diagrams, the Geography of the Post Storybench article, do we need a digital humanities department/center/specialization?, evidence visualization, what is data in the humanities?, “raw data”, and data harnessing.
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- D3.js in Action is a practical tutorial for creating interactive graphics and data–driven applications using D3.js. You’ll start with in-depth explanations of D3’s out–of–the–box layouts, along with dozens of practical use cases that align with different types of visualizations. Then, you’ll explore practical techniques for content creation, animation, and representing dynamic data–including interactive graphics and data streamed live over the web. The final chapters show you how to use D3’s rich interaction model as the foundation for a complete web application. In the end, you’ll be ready to integrate D3.js into your web development process and transform any site into a more engaging and sophisticated user experience.
- Sankey diagrams are a specific type of flow diagram, in which the width of the arrows is shown proportionally to the flow quantity. Sankey diagrams are typically used to visualize energy or material or cost transfers between processes. They can also visualize the energy accounts or material flow accounts on a regional or national level.
- In mathematics and computer science, a directed acyclic graph, is a directed graph with no directed cycles. That is, it is formed by a collection of vertices and directed edges, each edge connecting one vertex to another, such that there is no way to start at some vertex v and follow a sequence of edges that eventually loops back to v again.
- The U.S. postal system remains an exceptional feat, a system in which a letter can travel thousands of miles in a few days for a fraction of a dollar. Its network of post offices, distribution centers, and mail carriers is the quintessence of modern infrastructure and a public good that many take for granted. But how was it built? And could a digital analysis of its evolution reveal how the American West was settled?
- Glen Worthey, Digital Humanities Librarian, Stanford University Libraries, joins Elijah Meeks, Jason Heppler, and Paul Zenke to discuss his experiences at DH 2014, the popularity of DH projects, the humanities savior narrative, mentorship, Twitter, #dhsheep, linguistic inclusivity at conferences, and the future of DH programs.
- While visualization has become an increasingly useful and important tool for humanists wishing to illustrate large aggregations of data that can be shown in such a way that it can be easily viewed and comprehended at a glance, visualization tools pose many challenges and are not without their caveats. This has prompted many scholars to propose new ways of understanding visualization as a humanities-centered tool that on the one hand challenges traditional conceptions of the relationship between visualization and the data being represented in all disciplines, not just those that are humanistic, thus redefining what visualization is and is capable of doing, and on the other hand attempting to accurately represent humanistic data without compromising its situatedness and socially constructed nature.