You should have an email from Elton asking for some background on why you wanted to attend the workshop – we’ve had some really useful answers already, so keep them coming!
Here are some ways you can prepare for Wednesday’s workshop on ‘Data visualisation for humanities researchers’:
- Sign up to Many Eyes http://www-958.ibm.com/software/analytics/manyeyes/register
- Dig out your Google account details (if you have one)
- If you want to try working with your own data, read Prepare data for analysis and visualisations and/or try cleaning your data in Refine – see Cleaning metadata in Refine. Don’t forget to bring any data you want to use with you
Start thinking critically about visualisations. As you explore the visualisations below, think about: what types of data optimised is this optimised for? What’s not shown? What are the strengths, weaknesses of this visualisation? Does it open up new questions?
Have a look through these sites for inspiration:
- Chart and image gallery: 30+ free tools for data visualization and analysis provides a useful overview chart
- A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods
- Selected tools for visualisations from datavisualization.ch
- The top 20 data visualisation tools, Brian Suda
Some useful background reading:
- A Tour through the Visualization Zoo: A survey of powerful visualization techniques, from the obvious to the obscure, Jeffrey Heer, Michael Bostock, Vadim Ogievetsky
- A Conversation with Data Visualization Experts
See you in Milton Keynes soon!
Mia and Elton