Archive for November, 2009

Many Eyes

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

This week’s resource up for discussion is a tool that transforms plain data into eye-catching visuals. On the website, users upload a standardized set of data (like from an Excel spreadsheet) and can then inspect it from a variety of perspectives. You can browse the gallery of visuals created by users, but the real fun […]

Shaping the West

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

This week’s discussion focuses on visualizing change over time, as illustrated with railroad company board membership. Though you cannot plug in your own data here as with Wordle, you can adjust what the tool shows and how it shows it. The questions are much the same as last week: can you imagine using a visualization […]


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

This week’s discussion focuses on visualizing texts. To begin, visit and create your own visualization of plain text (you can paste it onto their site) or a webpage (you can paste in a URL). Although Wordle itself is probably not a suitable research tool, can you imagine using visualization tools like this for your […]

Enhancing Historical Research With Text-Mining and Analysis Tools