• Can I believe what I see? Data visualisation and trust in the humanities

Boyd Davis, Stephen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5391-4557, Vane, Olivia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3777-4910 and Kräutli, Florian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9039-0900, 2020, Journal Article, Can I believe what I see? Data visualisation and trust in the humanities Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, tba (tba). 000-000. ISSN 1743-2790 (Submitted)

Abstract or Description:

Questions of trust are increasingly important in relation to data and its use. Our paper focuses on humanities data and its visualisation, through analysis of our recent projects with museums, archives and libraries including the Wellcome Library, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, British Library, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. We discuss the sources of potential mistrust and examine how different expectations and assumptions emerge depending on the use and user of the data. We trace the implications through three areas: the data, the procedures through which it passes, and the processes and outcomes of visualisation. We present evidence that all of these implicate the designer who, rather than being seen as applying a cosmetic finish to the material, must increasingly be seen as contributing insights that affect the whole process. Our analysis of the role of design depends on our combined practice and research, including in the origins of modern visualisation in the eighteenth century when both the benefits and the risks of visual formats were first articulated. We distil our combined insights in a schema intended to benefit others both theoretically and in practice. Despite our focus on the digital humanities, these principles are intended also to be useful in other disciplines.

Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy > V550 Philosophy of Science
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W210 Graphic Design > W213 Visual Communication
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: AHRC, EPSRC
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trust; Digital Humanities; Chronographics; GLAM; Libraries; Archives; Museums
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2020 22:09
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2020 14:16
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4463
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