One session I’d like to propose is a very general one about visualizing your data. For those of us who have found or who generate datasets that they’d like to visualize, actually producing effective, informative, and visually compelling arguments through images remains challenging. Large social network graphs are more often compared to hairballs than something that conveys useful information, for example. From pie graphs to maps to scatter plots, our methods for visualizing humanities data have remained relatively static.
In the session, I’d be interested in hearing from people about the types of datasets they’re interested in visualizing, the challenges of turning that dataset into a visualization, and their hopes for what they’d like to do if they could visualize their data in a particular way. Such a session, I would hope, would result in a sharing of various tools and methods, as well as a brainstorming of what visualizations we wish we could do if we had the means to do it.