Donato Ricci spoke with Pedro Miguel CruzÂ about his conception and practice of data visualization.This interview was conducted as an extension of seminar session #6, held on 15.05.14, where Cruz spoke about “Visualizing Complexity.” 1 Donato Ricci [DR]: Would you describe yourself as a computer scientist or a designer? Do you prefer one to the other? If not, why not? Or perhaps you consider yourself a storyteller? Pedro Miguel Cruz [PMC]: That goes into the core definition of infoviz as an intersection of several fields. I started in Physics Engineering so I had some training in dealing in solving analytical problems […]
[img: Atelier Bow-Wow, Miyashita Park, Tokyo, 2011, via Detail, das Architektur Portal] ‘The common misapprehension is that a messy desk is a sign of a hard worker.’ ‘Get over the idea that your function here is to collect and process as much information as possible.’ ‘The whole mess and disorder of the desk on the left is, in fact, due to excess information.’ ‘A mess is information without value.’ ‘The whole point of cleaning off a desk is to get rid of the information you don’t want and keep the information you do want.’ ‘Who cares which candy wrapper is […]
Welcome to the program page for the seminarâs BarCamp. You will find all the details on the BarCamp, the cases and datasets we plan to treat, and ways to participate in the two-day event. If you want to sign up right away, please click here; otherwise, read on. I. BarCamp A BarCamp is a participatory workshop geared toward either the development of web applications or the exploration of datasets using existing software tools and ad hoc code. We are focusing our BarCamp on the exploration of a set of pre-selected and pre-treated datasets. Our goals are two-fold: 1) to give […]
[img: Pedro Miguel Cruz, Empires decline – revisited, 2010ï¼½ Early data visualizations in science ordered information in tree-like representations to address issues of classification and genealogy. The EncyclopÃ©dieâs SystÃªme figurÃ© des connaissances humaines and Darwinâs Tree of life are classical examples of this first period of data visualization. The recent shift towards issues of organized complexity in scientific inquiry (Weaver, 1948) has changed the practice of visualization, marking a transition from trees to networks. Despite a rich stream of research, network visualization still lacks a basic grammar of standardized graphic presentation as that advocated by Willard Brinton (Brinton, 1939) and […]
[img: David Chavalarias, Attention streams in the blogosphere, 2010ï¼½ This seminar will address a critical question in the application of digital methods for social science research. The web is not merely a new resource that, through the treatment of large collections of data, lets us falsify or verify long- held assumptions about the relationships between institutional culture, individual behavior and other key concepts in the social sciences. The web itself is changing the way institutions function (such as how news is produced [Bozkowski, 2009] or science gets published [Evans, 2008]), as well as how individuals interact (social networking sites offer […]
[img: Scott Weingart, Networks Demystified, 2014ï¼½ Network graphs and network spatialization software lurk constantly in the background of our seminar and are a core tool in the visualization of digitally derived data (think Rogers, Leydersdorff, Cointet, Lermercier and Marres). But it is not a topic that we’ve addressed head on yet. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of tinkering around with Gephi, CoreText Manager or other software, or for those looking for a little primer on networks, here is a very helpful step-by-step introduction by Scott Weingert, from the Information Science Department at the University of Indiana, […]
[img: n.a., Philologia, 2012ï¼½ The growing digitization of our textual and literary heritage has convinced many academics and observers of higher education that we are currently experiencing a renaissance in the Humanities. Some scholars argue that this mass of data is profoundly changing the methodological toolbox of a field whose scholarship is traditionally based on close reading and interpretation of texts. Digitization has rendered novels, plays, poems and historical texts open to forms of statistical analysis and visualization methods previously unavailable to these objects. As a result, this âdigital turnâ is creating a vivid debate within the Humanities about the […]
[img: Benjamin Raimbault, Pierre-BenoÃ®t Joly & Jean-Philippe Cointet, Synthetic Biology Emergence, 2013ï¼½ Scientometrics has pioneered the use of structured data to analyse the social and cognitive dynamics of science and technology. This has enabled the development of tools and methodological insights that are relevant for researchers using DMTs to study other social phenomena.Â The session will discuss the process of mapping scientific or technological data and show how the choice of thresholds, algorithms, layouts and scale affects interpretation. It will also address the politics of indicator design. Jean-Philippe Cointet, researcher at INRA SenS (Sciences en SociÃ©tÃ©), will present recent work on […]
[img: Richard Rogers, Digital Methods, 2013ï¼½ The inaugural session will introduce the recent technological and epistemological transition entailed by the advent of digital mapping tools (DMTs) in the social sciences. Richard Rogers, Director of the Digital Methods Initiative at University of Amsterdam will present how DMTs can be mobilized to explore social complexity and present a broad vision of the development of the tools now used in the cartography of information–both in research and and the private sector. Organizational aspects of the seminar will also be addressed, such as allocating literature presentations and inquiring about participants that would like to […]
[img: William Farr, Report on the Mortality of Cholera in England 1848-49, 1852] On the same day as our seminar kick-off (if you want to attend, please remember to register at the following link), the British Library’s Digital Research Team is organizing a public event on “Data visualisation: Is ugly the new smart“. This coincides with the exhibition “Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight” held at British Library from 20 February 2014 to 26 May 2014.
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, porngram.sexualitics.org, 2014ï¼½ An interdisciplinary team of researchers has created a Google-Trends-like tool called Porngram that maps the evolution of keywords in the titles of 800,000 porn videos. (…) The research team – made up of five individuals (Baptiste Coulmont, Antoine MaziÃ¨res, Mathieu Trachman, Jean-Philippe Cointet and Christophe Prieur) with skills across computer science, sociology, statistics, mathematics and gender studies – scraped the videos’ titles, tags, description, viewcount, comments, runtime, upload date (if available) and uploader username using a custom-made crawler. These were then analysed using a quantitative approach in a bid to try and understand the […]
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, medialab.sciences-po.fr, 2014] Preliminary findings/methodological insights of the research project “Comparative Geekography – Mapping Russian Computer Science Diaspora” will be presented on tuesday 21 January from 15:00 to 17:00 during a seminar held at Sciences Po’s mÃ©dialab. More information can be found here.