Introduction to Digital Humanities

RELI/ENGL 39, Fall 2015, University of the Pacific

Author: Keeping Up With Karlos » Intro to Digital Humanities

Visualizing Data

The graphing tool was surprising simpler than the mapping tool with Palladio. Unlike mapping, with the graphing tool it was simple to recognize the relationship between specific points and to adjust the attributes of the data and it be represented properly on the graph. Visualization of data is a unique way of displaying information aside from one dimensional conceptualizations. I used the sample data from Palladio that represented People and Places. I linked the data in the first image with the coordinates of the birthplaces of the people, linking the people dataset (their birthplace) and the places dataset (the coordinates to their birthplace) and displayed the data that way.

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With the next graph that I did with Palladio I split the sample data, People and Places, and I separated the data by focusing on Gender from the People dataset and the Places data was used to represent cities that were the birthplace of each gender from the People dataset. It was interesting to see this relationship between Gender. One glob is larger than the other in the image which represents more make or females births than the other.

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With the last graph I wanted to show the relationship between the People dataset and the Places dataset with respect to the individual’s birthplace and then their place of death. Weirdly the relationship shows that people’s place of birth is not too far off from their place of death in most cases.

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Palladio, the Death of ME

Palladio was probably the most complicated program we’ve used yet in my opinion. It’s entire concept is customizability of your project. One is supposed to be able to customize their data and organize it however they please. I found it incredibly challenging to get Palladio to do what I wanted with it. I want to create showing locations that Kris Jenner has geotagged on her Instagram photos. I don’t think that I was being over ambitious in my endeavors yet was unable to execute my task. The difficult part was not getting the geocoordinate locations for the photos i selected to focus on but with Palladio itself. I attempted to upload my own spreadsheet with the points I wanted to be highlighted on the map I was to create. I was unable to get the points I wanted to appear on the map and was even less successful in separating 2 datasets in one map and linking them with the map lines.. I was able to upload sample data provided by Palladio. One was places that mapped out to look like this:

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The other map I created was with the Cushman dataset that ended up looking like this:

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At this point I was able to create a map with a dataset (not a unique dataset, but a dataset) and was able to highlight the locations the dataset provided by size and color. I was unable to do much of anything else with my dataset in order to specify individual points by different colors or size. I would love to use Palladio in the future if I’d be able to understand how to use it. I could do a whole bunch of fun things with the program.