The course will comprise reading and experimentation directed by the lecturer. It will relate the theory and use of visualisation tools to a variety of sources within the humanities. The role of digital visualisation in research will be explored. Its methodologies have great potential, but also many limitations and weaknesses when applied to the ambiguous and, often incomplete, data that is typical of humanities research sources.
Schedule of meetings
Wednesday, 18 January 2012, 3pm - 5pm Seminar room, Drury Lane. Introduction to the course.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012, 3pm - 5pm Seminar room, Drury Lane. Lecture/tutorial
Wednesday, 1 February 2012, 3pm - 5pm Seminar room, Drury Lane. Lecture/tutorial
Wednesday, 8 February 2012, 3pm - 5pm Seminar room, Drury Lane. Student Presentations
Learning aims and outcomes
On completing this course, students will have understanding of:
1. the variety of uses of visualisation in the humanities, from text analysis to the recreation of historical landscapes and artefacts;
2. the technologies and methodologies available;
3. aspects of human cognition pertinent to the design of visualisation projects,
4. the opportunities and problems posed by the use of humanities data in visualisation projects;
5. the technical, research and ethical issues concerning the use of visualisation technologies in the cultural heritage sector and wider community of humanities scholarship;
6. the techniques used, their limitations and interaction with research in a selection of important case studies.