The DSG offers workshops and training sessions on a wide range of topics at both introductory and advanced levels. Topics covered include TEI, Omeka, the Digital Repository Serivce, copyright and fair use, data curation and creation, GIS, data visualization, and project management. We are also co-sponsoring Digital Humanities Open Office Hours with NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. If we do not have a workshop scheduled on the topic you need, please contact us to request one; we require at least two weeks’ notice.

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Dichotomies of Design in Information Visualization

March 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

When visualizing data, small choices in the design process can have major implications for the message communicated in the final product and ultimately the authority by which that message is judged. It is through these choices that we address a fundamental question that motivates any work in visualization: what is the visual narrative that I wish to tell, and does my representation of that narrative appropriately reflect the data upon which it is built? In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between visualization and information literacy by considering what it means to think of visualization as “constructed space,” one in which we navigate our choices of design with a nuanced understanding of how geometry and color mediate the stories we wish to tell. We will frame our discussion in terms of dichotomies that provide modes of wayfinding in this space, including proxy/artifact, parsimony/diminishing returns, reductionism/holism, and authority/bias. In the process, we will think critically about data visualization as both object and process of research, dissecting the complex relationships between information, knowledge, and design that inform how we engage with visual narrative at multiple levels of abstraction.


March 30, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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