Week 11: Mapping, Historical Data and Visualization

In this unit we will explore:

  • the purposes and rationale behind data visualization
  • various methods of communicating historical data in visual forms

Tuesday, April 3

Introduction to Data Visualization

Note: In addition to readings for class, please register for an account with Plotly. You don’t need to do anything else, but getting an account set up will save time in class on Tuesday.

Gibbs, Frederick W. “New Forms of History: Critiquing Data and Its Representations.”The American Historian, 2016.
Graham, Shawn, Ian Milligan, and Scott Weingart. “Principles of Information Visualization.” In The Historian’s Macroscope: Big Digital History, Pre-Draft. London: Imperial College Press, 2015.  (NOTE: Stop reading when you reach section titled “Hierarchies and Trees”)
“Old Data Visualizations.” Data Visualization, April 25, 2009. https://apandre.wordpress.com/library/oldcharts/

“Baby Names Popularity – NameVoyager: Baby Name Wizard Graph of Most Popular Baby Names.” Baby Name Wizard, October 10, 2010. http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=&sw=both&exact=false.

For In-Class Use

Census data at Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA)

Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD)

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