Information Visualisation

Chair: Fredrik Palm, fredrik.palm@humlab.umu.se

Co-chair: Orla Murphy, o.murphy@ucc.ie

Core members: Shawn Day, University College, Cork; Marten During, Centre virtuel de la connaissance sur l'Europe, Luxembourg; Nicholas Thely, Universite Rennes, France.

Visualisation refers to techniques used to summarise, present and enact rich materials visually, and is becoming increasingly important as an integrated part of the research processes in the humanities. Visualisation is taken to include different types of interaction (e.g. sensor technology), technologies (including highresolution and multiple displays) as well as materials such as geographical data sets, images, 3D representations, graphs, tables, networks, and archival materials. Visualisation is used for both descriptive as well as analytical purposes. Technology and research methodology can together improve research in the humanities. However, these technologies need to be used critically particularly in areas rich in ambiguity and complexity.

The group's activities began in December 2011 at the workshop, Reading and Thinking with visual Tool and Methods in Digital Humanities, at Umeå, Sweden.  10 participants from five countries explored how digital tools for the representation of humanistic materials are rapidly expanding the possibilities for how we read and think when exploring different research questions. The gathered expertise from different research areas, each one of which uses various form of visualization to support existing research and to anticipate new research.

The 2nd NeDiMAH InfoViz Workshop explored the shifting intersection between more descriptive and analytical uses of visual components in digital environments and interpretative research tools, and attempted to theorize 'new' readings and question shifts in representation within the digital sphere. 14 speakers/participants from six countries attended this workshop which took place as part of the suite of NeDiMAH related activities during the Digital Humanities 2012 event at Hamburg. Also in 2012, working group has been represented by its Chair at the Images and Visualisation: Images, Technology, Truth and Trust conference at University of Linköping, Norrköping, Sweden.  Members of the working group have also been active in cross-working group activity, including collaborative workshop in Bucharest, Romania with members of Working Group 1, organised by Steering Committee member, Maria Bostenaru-Dan in November 2012 at Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism.

The 3rd NeDiMAH InfoViz Workshop held in Umeå, Sweden in March 2013 focussed on why and how visualisation is used in the digital humanities, exploring visual components in digital environments and interpretative research tools and querying the shifting intersection between descriptive and analytical uses of visualisations.   The group, which included speakers/participants from Sweden, UK, Ireland, Romania, France and the United States discussed 'new' readings both within and beyond traditional textual modes, and questioned shifts in representation within the digital sphere.  This activity was followed by the workshop, Knowledge Design- Visualising Meaning in September 2013 at Cork, Ireland and attended by 8 participants/speakers from Ireland, Sweden and Portugal.  As part of the cluster of NeDiMAH activities based around the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, Working Group 2 organised a Digital Cultural Empowerement Workshop, which focussed on collaboration across methodologies and visualisation as the representation of knowledge in a multiplicity of new, engaging and challenging approaches across the humanities.

Publications

All of the NeDiMAH working groups will produce publications related to their activities.  A full list of publications and forthcoming publications will appear on this page in November 2014.

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Workgroup News

Report from 3rd NeDiMAH infoviz workshop

Visual Tools and Methods in Digital Humanities: Capturing, Modelling, Reading, and Thinking about Knowledge Creation...

The deadline for sending in Contributions for the 3rd Infoviz workshop of Nedimah has been changed to the the 21/2 at 13.00.

2nd  Nedimah infoviz workshop 21th of July 2012

1st Nedimah infoviz workshop 7th of December 2011

Workgroup Reports

Workshop at the DH 2014, Lausanne 8th of July 2014

The workshop analysed and synthesized the data based on results of the international NeDiMAH and ESF survey on visualization undertaken throughout the Arts and Humanities community through various

The workshop analysed and synthesized the data based on results of the international NeDiMAH and ESF survey on visualization undertaken throughout the Arts and Humanities community through various

Digital tools for the representation of humanistic materials are rapidly expanding the possibilities for how we read and think when exploring different research questions.

Report from 3rd NeDiMAH infoviz workshop
Visual Tools and Methods in Digital Humanities: Capturing, Modelling, Reading, and Thinking about Knowledge Creation...