Visualising Text

This video features Geoffrey Rockwell, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, Canada and Stéfan Sinclair, Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at McGill University.  Their discussion involves text visualisation within Digital Humanities, thus emphasising, that visualisation is not the end product, but an intellectual process of thinking and interpreting text. Interactive visualisations, uses of visualisation for narrative, physical computing, video games, and Pokemon Go are also discussed.
  • Prof., Rockwell, Geoffrey, University of Alberta, Canada
    • Bionote: Geoffrey received a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College, and MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and worked at the University of Toronto as a Senior Technological Instructional Technology Specialist. He has published and presented papers in the area of philosophical dialogue, textual visualization and analysis, humanities computing and instructional technology, computer games and multimedia. He has published a book "Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet" with Humanity Books and is now preparing a book titled "Hermeneutica" together with Stefan Sinclair for publication. This book is a part of a hybrid text and tool project with Voyant Tools, a suite of analytical tools.
  • Prof., Sinclair, Stéfan, McGill University, Canada
    • Bionote: Stéfan received a BA (Hons) in French from the University of British Columbia, MA in French Literature from the University of Victoria and PhD in French Literature from Queens University. Stefan's primary area of research is in design, development, usage and theorisation of tools for the Digital Humanities, especially for text analysis and visualisation. He has led or contributed significantly to projects such as Voyant Tools, the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR), the Monk Project, the Simulated Environment for Theatre, the Mandala Browser, and BonPatron. He has numerous publications related to research and teaching in Digital Humanities, including "Hermeneutica": Computer Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities, with Geoffrey Rockwell (MIT, 2016), and "Visual Interface Design for Visual Cultural Heritage", with Stan Ruecker and Milena Radzikowska (Ashgate, 2011).
  • Mr., MacCaba, Fionntán- An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Production, Editing
  • Dr., Papadopoulos, Konstantinos - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Questions, Recording, Production, Metadata
  • Mr., Rooney, Neale - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Questions, Recording
  • Prof., Schreibman, Susan - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Questions, Production
  • Mr., Martin, Justin - An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Metadata.       
Date & Place
  • Date of Recording: 15 July 2016
  • Place of Recording: Kraków, Poland, Digital Humanities Conference 2016
  • Publication: 18 October 2016,
  • Undergraduates; Postgraduates; Scholars
  • Lecturers; Teachers 
  • Digital Humanists; Digital Scholarly Editors; Historians Librarians; Media Professionals; Philosophers
Language Information
  • Language Main: English
  • Language Transcription: No
  • Language Subtitles: N/A
NeDiMAH Methods Ontology (NeMO)
  • 1. Acquiring > 1.2. Gathering
  • 2. Communicating > 2.2. Disseminating > 2.2.5. Teaching
  • 4. Processing > 4.2. Modifying > 4.2.14. Overlaying
  • 2. Communicating > 2.2. Disseminating > 2.2.1. Gamification
  • 4. Processing > 4.1. Analyzing > 4.1.17. Interpreting
  • 4. Processing > 4.2. Modifying > 4.2.19. Visualizing > Illustrating
  • Data; Hermeneutica; Informatics; Interactive visualisation; Text Analysis; Text Interpretation; Text; Visualisation; Textual Visualisation; Voyant
  • Anderson, Alyssa. “Using Voyant for Text Analysis.” Digital History Methods, Rice University (2014). Web.

  • Clement, Tanya. “Text Analysis, Data Mining and Visualisations in Literary Scholarship.” Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology. Ed. Kenneth M. Price and Ray Siemens. New York: Modern Language Association, 2013. Web.

  • Rockwell, Geoffrey, and Stefan Sinclair. “Voyant.” Voyant Tools. Web.

  • Rockwell, Geoffrey et al. “The Big See: Large Scale Visualization.” Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science 1.2 (2010). Web.

  • Rockwell, Geoffrey, John Bradley, and Patricia Monger. “Seeing the Text Through the Trees: Visualization and Interactivity in Textual Applications.” Literary Linguistic Computing 14.1 (1999): 115–130. Web.

  • Rockwell, Geoffrey, and Stefan Sinclair. “Between Language and Literature: Digital Text Exploration.” Teaching Language and Literature Online. Ed. Ian Lancashire. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print. Options for Teaching Book 26.

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