Visualization - New Trends in eHumanities

Stephanie Steinmetz, University of Amsterdam and Clement Levallois, Erasmus University Rotterdam


January 19, 2012

Methods Workshop Series:
The goal of this workshop is to provide a general introduction to the topic (part 1: lecture) and to discover one tool of the domain (part 2: computer lab).
13-14:15pm: Part 1: Lecture
Two lecturers (Andrea Scharnhorst and Clement Levallois) will present key concepts, actors, tools and examples of applications to give a wide view of visual applications, and highlight the purpose they can serve in the humanities and social sciences (HSS). We choose not to focus on one particular discipline, but to show how practices born from  different fields (academic or not) can be translated for the use in HSS. A booklet will be handed out with the slides and references cited in the lecture.
14:15-14:45pm: Coffee break
14:45-16:30pm: Part 2: In the computer lab
In the computer lab, we will use VosViewer, a software for the visualization of networks or textual data created by Nees Jan van Eck and Ludo Waltman at the CWTS (University of Leiden). Ludo Waltman will be present. The  participants will be guided through the visualization of corpora, and will be invited to reflect critically on the output – what does the visualization show, and how is it achieved? For this exercise, no programming skills are required.
After the workshop…
This workshop is the first in a series. The following workshops will adopt a similar format: the introduction of a broad topic, presented by a lecturer followed by a hands-on PC session. Stay tuned to the mailing lists of the ehumanities group and the Erasmus Studio to receive the announcements!