Digital Humanities Research Institute: Binghamton 2019

Data and the Humanities

This session discusses some of the basics of data-driven research in the humanities. It includes a discussion of methodology and approaches to data and then moves through the steps of discovering, structuring, cleaning, and spatializing data. It will include a hands-on workshop component using the data analysis and visualization software Tableau. 

Sample Project

Navigate to Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-61. For more information about this project, see Vincent Brown, "Mapping a Slave Revolt: Visualizaing Spatial History through the Archives of Slavery," Social Text 125 (December 2015): 134-141.

Click on "View the Map" in the upper left corner. Run the animation. Consider the following questions.

Data Driven Methods

This session explores the process of data visualization through five key steps: 

Sample Dataset

salem_GC.csv (download)
Derived from the Salem Witch Database

Geocoding Tools

Public Presentation on Tableau Public

Star Wars Sentiment Analysis by Adam McGann on Tableau Public
Department of Art History Visualizations by Nancy Um on Tableau Public

Challenge Dataset

olympics.csv (download)

Further Study and Training

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