Uta Hinrichs Give and Take.
How can Digital Practices in the Humanities Inform Visualization Research?
October 5th, 10:30
Digiteo Moulon building (660)
Abstract: Traditionally, research methods in the humanities (e.g., English Literature and History) are based on close reading—the in-depth study of small-sized document collections. With the increasing efforts in document digitization, research in the humanities is starting to incorporate computer-based methods embracing new, large-scale perspectives on source collections. Recent publications in this area acknowledge the fact that information visualization has a role to play in these endeavours, but few case studies exist that explore this in-depth. And: how can digital humanities practices in the humanities inform, even shape, visualization research? In this presentation I discuss these questions based on case studies that I have conducted in collaboration with researchers from English Literature and Environmental History. I will highlight the data and visualization challenges that emerge in this context and discuss considerations on the interdisciplinary nature of these collaborations.
Bio: Uta Hinrichs is a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews' HCI Research Group (SACHI). Uta’s research is driven by an urge to understand and facilitate how people engage with information in physical and digital spaces as part of professional activities and everyday life. Her work takes place at the intersection of Information Visualization and HCI and draws from related fields such as Design, Information Sciences, Media Arts, and Philosophy. Uta holds a PhD in Computer Science with specialization in Computational Media Design from the University of Calgary and a Diplom degree (equiv. MSc.) in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg in Germany.