Category Archives: Resources

Resource: Validating Data with Types

By Eric Rochester | April 23, 2015

Recently, I had to opportunity to help J. Warren York, a graduate student in the Department of Politics here at UVa. He’s looking at how tax law affects political contributions and advocacy, so this was an interesting project that may tell us something useful about how the US government works [insert your favorite broken-government joke […]

Resource: A Fun Way to Introduce DH Students to Dataviz

By Miriam Posner | April 21, 2015

As a teacher, I’ve always operated on the assumption that students are primarily interested in each other. Here’s a fun activity that takes advantage of that interest to teach students a little about data visualization. It’s an extremely unscientific Cosmo-style quiz, designed to show students which interests they have in common with each other. It’s […]

Resource: Text Data from the Archive

By The Editors | April 16, 2015

During graduate school I visited my fair share of archives. Living on funds dispensed from the FAFSA gods in combination with whatever part-time job I had, I often found myself hard-pressed to pony up money for photocopies. Somewhere along the line I got smarter and started using a point and shoot camera to gather as much primary […]

Resource: Extracting Structured Data From Recipes Using Conditional Random Fields

By The Editors | April 14, 2015

[…]Until recently, the collection and maintenance of this structured data was a completely manual process. For years, overnight contractors have entered recipes, dropdown by dropdown, into a gray and white web form that lives in our content management system (CMS). Since the database breaks down each ingredient by name, unit, quantity and comment, an average […]

Resource: GIS and Geospatial Data Tools

By the Editors | April 9, 2015

From the post: A little bit of knowledge about GIS and geospatial visualization goes a long way, and is useful across a variety of disciplines, including social sciences, business, humanities and environmental studies and sciences.   If you are into open data (who isn’t?) and you like maps and / or data visualization (who doesn’t?!) […]

Resource: Annotated Version of the Original jQuery Release

By the Editors | April 9, 2015

From the post: Recently I was prompted by Daniel Lamb to try and find old versions of jQuery for his jQuery Archive project. Thankfully I was able to find one in the Internet Archive from just a couple weeks after its release, in January 2006. I then took that opportunity to put that code online and […]

Resource: The number one reason to start using git: interactive staging

By the Editors | April 2, 2015

From the post: Git is an excellent tool for collaborative software development in a number of ways. In my opinion, Git’s most valuable feature – which also happens to be one of its most underappreciated – is interactive staging: git add -i and git add -p. If you are a software development who does not […]

Resource: The Complete n00b’s Guide to Gephi

By the Editors | March 31, 2015

Because my last tutorial, The Complete n00b’s Guide to Mapping in R, received a positive response, I decided to create another beginner’s guide to visualizing data. For this edition, I’ve chosen Gephi, an excellent and simple tool to do social network analysis. This tutorial is meant to get you started quickly and provide the basics […]

Resource: Gender Gaps Around the World

By The Editors | March 26, 2015

From the link: Ri Liu provides an exploratory view of gender gaps around the world through labor participation, parliament participation, and income. Via, see the site at Close the Gap 

Resource: Creating Simple Graphs with Excel’s Pivot Tables and Tate’s Artist Data

By The Editors | March 19, 2015

I’ve been playing with Tate’s collections data while preparing for a workshop on data visualisation. On the day I’ll probably use Google Fusion Tables as an example, but I always like to be prepared, so I’ve prepared a short exercise for creating simple graphs in Excel as an alternative. Read the full post here.