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Visualizing Digital Humanities
Description and aim
Libraries provide online access to millions and millions of bibliographic records and digitized texts. Scholars in the field of Digital Humanities analyze these records and texts using computational tools. The field of Visual Analytics provides cutting-edge, interactive visual representations, allowing users to extract meaning from large datasets. Librarians, scholars in Digital Humanities, and researchers working in Visual Analytics would thus profit immensely from mutual collaboration. However, such collaboration is not very common. Librarians and humanities scholars often use basic visualizations that are a far cry from state-of-the-art research solutions in Visual Analytics. In addition, it is not always clear how advanced visualizations can help librarians and scholars in the humanities to solve problems relating to data management and analysis. This workshop brings together international experts working in the fields of Geometric Algorithms, Visual Analytics, the Library Sector, and the field of Digital Humanities, in order to identify and describe challenges faced by librarians and humanities scholars and to develop visual techniques that will allow them to solve these challenges. We will identify new areas of application for researchers working in Geometric Algorithms and Visual Analytics, and will work on data challenges resulting in new visualizations, research directions, and collaborations between scholars in the Humanities as interpreters, librarians as data providers and curators, and Computer Scientists as technology providers.
The workshop has four general goals:
(i) inform librarians and humanities scholars about advanced visualization techniques allowing them to manage, present, and analyze large quantities of (bibliographic) data;
(ii) identify and describe problems faced by librarians and humanities scholars that can be overcome by using advanced visualization and visual analytics techniques;
(iii) test and evaluate visualization techniques to determine whether they meet the needs of librarians and researchers in the humanities;
(iv) formulate new research questions and a research agenda that will guide future collaborative work of the participants.
These objectives will be met by conducting intensive data and visualization challenges, which will take up the bulk of the workshop. The workshop will be considered a success if we have successfully built and evaluated promising visualization prototypes of datasets supplied by librarians and humanities scholars that will be further developed and used by the participants of the workshop.