Visualising texts: a design practice approach to humanities data

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Conference Proceeding
Final Paper /Proceedings of the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference,, 2015, pp. 87 - 92
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The availability of archival data coupled with the use of digital tools, alongside a growing awareness of the scholarly potential of visualization (Jessop 2008) has seen an increase in the use of visualization in the humanities. However, these forms of visual representation borrow heavily from the conceptual and visual language of scientific positivism, and subsequently do not reflect many of the core concerns and conditions inherent in humanities research. In this paper we look towards the field of visual communication design as a source of practices that use metaphorical and analogical approaches to text visualization, approaches that may better serve the interpretive nature of humanities research.
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