• Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Collections

Boyd Davis, Stephen, Vane, Olivia and Kräutli, Florian, 2016, Book Section, Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Collections In: Bowen, Jonathan P, Diprose, Graham and Lambert, Nick, (eds.) EVA London 2016: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. EVA London: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts . British Computer Society, London, pp. 221-228. ISBN 978-1-78017-344-3

Abstract or Description:

The paper explores visualisation of “big data” from digitised museum collections and archives, focusing on the relationship between data, visualisation and narrative. A contrast is presented between visualisations that show “just the data” and those that present the information in such a way as to tell a story using visual rhetorical devices; such devices have historically included trees, streams, chains, geometric shapes and other forms. The contrast is explored through historical examples and a survey of current practice. A discussion centred on visualising datasets from the British Library, Science Museum and Wellcome Library is used to outline key research questions.

Keywords: timeline, chronographics

Official URL: http://ewic.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/56286
Subjects: Other > Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W210 Graphic Design > W213 Visual Communication
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: EPSRC EP/J502169/1, AHRC AH/L503782/1, System Simulation Ltd
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 16:56
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 14:27
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1846
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