Donato Ricci spoke with Pedro Miguel Cruz 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 […]
Welcome to the program page for the seminar’s 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, 2010］ Early data visualizations in science ordered information in tree-like representations to address issues of classification and genealogy. The Encyclopédie’s Systême figuré des connaissances humaines and Darwin’s 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: Density Design, Italian Design Research Map, 2008］ As part of ENSCI’s and ESADSE’s 2014 program of design-related conferences, Paolo Ciuccarelli will be giving a talk on the visual representation of complex urban, social and organizational phenomena at ENSCI-Les Ateliers on March 20th 2014. Paolo Ciuccarelli is the head of the Communication Design Research Group, member of the Design PhD Board at Politecnico di Milano and Scientific Director and founder of the DensityDesign Research Lab. His research and publishing activities focus on the development of data, information and knowledge visualization tools and methods, to support decision making processes in complex […]
[img: Benjamin Raimbault, Pierre-Benoît Joly & Jean-Philippe Cointet, Synthetic Biology Emergence, 2013］ 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. 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 Société), will present recent work on […]
[img: Richard Rogers, Digital Methods, 2013］ 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, 2014］ 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 Mazières, 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 […]