April 5 – Visualizations

  • John Thiebault, “Visualizations and Historical Arguments,” in Writing History in the Digital Age, ed. Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki (2013)
  • Shawn Graham, Ian Milligan, Scott Weingart, “Principles of Information Visualization,” The Historian’s Macroscope (2013)
  • Mapping the Republic of Letters: Case Studies
  • Please watch The Fallen of World War II in its entirety. (Plan to spend at least an hour with this content between watching the video and playing with the interactive site.)
  • I’d like you to find two visualizations that you feel are effective (however you define effective): 1 that you already use in the course of your teaching and 1 from our past readings/tools/class discussions. Please plan to discuss in class:
    • What works?
    • What doesn’t?
    • How do they obscure or uncover the past?

In-class Workshop

  • We’ll visualize some data from the Chicago Homicide Database Project.