Tag Archives: visualization


Simple Visualizations with D3plus

I’ve been using D3, a JavaScript library for data visualizations (the three ‘D’s stand for Data-Driven Documents), for my own projects and with my students for some time. It’s a particularly cool tool for working with dynamic data or information from a database and giving it life in a visual format through charts, graphs, and interactive data displays. Information visualization can be a powerful way to represent complex or otherwise inaccessible data. However, the learning curve for it is a lit…


Tales of an Indiscriminate Tool Adopter

Down the Rabbit Hole

[This is a guest post by Michelle Moravec, a historian currently working on the politics of women's culture, which you can read about at michellemoravec.com. Follow her on Twitter at @professmoravec.--@JBJ]

I think I need to write How not to be a tool about your tool: tales of an indiscriminate tool adopter #digitalhumanities #dhist

— M.M. (@ProfessMoravec) January 14, 2014

If you participate in social media and do digital humanities work, this situation may sound familiar. Trawling through Twi…


Create Your Own ImageQuilt in Chrome

albers imagequilt

Because the human brain is wired for pattern detection, tiled image displays can encourage the discovery of meaningful similarities, differences, and trends within visual information.

A new Chrome browser extension designed by data visualization theorist Edward Tufte and software engineer Adam Schwartz called Imagequilts allows users to easily create and edit a tiled display of images resulting from a Google image search.

The image at the top of this post is the example from the ImageQuilt webs…


Paper Machines Visualizes Your Zotero Library

Paper machines GitHub logoIn the past few months there has been a lot of attention paid to a Zotero plugin called Paper Machines. Created by Brown grad student Chris Johnson-Roberson as a Google Summer of Code project, Paper machines was coded by Brown grad student Chris Johnson-Roberson, and Jo Guldi and Matthew Battles directed the project. Paper Machines uses the data in a Zotero collection to generate analyses and visualizations. If you have a sizeable collection of documents with good metadata and full text (for e…