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    Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Collections

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2016)

    London, UK, 12 - 14 July 2016

    AUTHORS

    Stephen Boyd Davis, Olivia Vane & Florian Kräutli

    ABSTRACT

    http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/ewic/EVA2016.44

    The paper explores visualisation of “big data” from digitised museum collections and archives, focusing on the relationship between data, visualisation and narrative. A contrast is presented between visualisations that show “just the data” and those that present the information in such a way as to tell a story using visual rhetorical devices; such devices have historically included trees, streams, chains, geometric shapes and other forms. The contrast is explored through historical examples and a survey of current practice. A discussion centred on visualising datasets from the British Library, Science Museum and Wellcome Library is used to outline key research questions.

    PAPER FORMATS

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