Reflections on DHSI 2017

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I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Digital Humanities Summer Institute, thanks to the support of a DLF + DHSI Cross-Pollinator Tuition Award and travel funding from the UNT Libraries. This was my first time at DHSI, and my first visit to Victoria, B.C., so I was excited about both. I came into… Read more »

Comparing Haystacks: Archival Correspondence versus Weird Tales Authors

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Contributed by: Maristella Feustle Music Special Collections Librarian Willis Conover’s correspondence in the mid-1930s with horror/sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft is well known in sci-fi circles thanks to the book Conover published in the 1970s, Lovecraft at Last. The original letters in Lovecraft’s own handwriting reside in the UNT Music Library’s Willis Conover Collection, alongside the… Read more »

RAW Data Visualization: Hexagonal Binning

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RAWGraphs offers hexagonal binning as an option for representing dispersions in datasets with an exceptionally large number of data points. This visualization visually clusters the most populated areas on a gridded surface and assigns a color based on the number of points in the region. This example uses a public data set from Kaggle of data… Read more »

Takeaways from “Making the Case for Sustaining Your Digital Library” Workshop at DPLAfest 2017

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This year at The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Fest 2017 in Chicago, I had the opportunity to attend the Making the Case for Sustaining Your Digital Library Workshop. The workshop was hosted by two employees of the Foundation Center and was sponsored by a grant from the Knight Foundation. The large group of… Read more »

RAW Data Visualization: Dendrograms

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A dendrogram is a tree diagram that is usually used for showing taxonomic relationships, but any data that lends itself to hierarchical data clustering can be displayed using a dendrogram. RAWGraphs offers two variations on dendrograms: the circular dendrogram and the cluster dendrogram. I had some fun playing around with different data sets to provide examples… Read more »

RAW Data Visualization: Alluvial Diagram

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Alluvial Diagrams represent flows and show correlations between categorical dimensions over time. This option visually links the number of elements sharing the same categories and is useful to see the evolution of clusters (such as the number of people belonging to a specific group). The user is provided quite a bit of freedom when using the… Read more »

Denton Music, Mapped

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  Denton, Texas has been home to a thriving music scene for decades, owing in large part to the consistent stream of talent and creativity which UNT’s music programs have attracted. The stories of many prominent performers are fairly common knowledge, including those of Norah Jones, Pat Boone, Roy Orbison, the One O’Clock Lab Band,… Read more »

Circle-Packing: Creating an Overview of Participation in UNT Scholarly Works

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The UNT Scholarly Works collection is home to materials from the University of North Texas community’s research, creative, and scholarly activities.  To encourage further participation by UNT community members, it’s helpful to know the degree to which different departments currently participate by depositing items in the collection.  You can view who is contributing to the… Read more »

RAW Data Visualization: Treemap

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A treemap is a space-filling visualization for displaying weighted hierarchical data using nested rectangles. The rectangles can be coded by color and size to show patterns that may be difficult to visualize in other ways. RAWGraphs give the user the option of incorporating as many colors into the visualization as they like, making it easy… Read more »

RAW Data Visualization: Delaunay Triangulation

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The Delaunay Triangulation is another visualization available through RAWGraphs that can be used to represent dispersions. The visualization creates a planar, triangular mesh for a given set of points. For the following example, I downloaded a public data set from Kaggle of data from 5000+ movies on IMDB. I refined the data set and decided… Read more »