Digital humanities and information visualization: Innovation and integration


  • Joan Beaudoin,

    Assistant Professor
    1. School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on the access, retrieval and use of visual information, digital preservation practice and the information behaviors of humanities scholars
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  • Sarah Buchanan

    Guest Editors, Librarian and Archivist
    1. Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also serves as archivist at the Neon Museum ( Her research interests include the use and accessibility of archival materials and information resources in the arts and humanities
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Editor's Summary

The chairs of Special Interest Group/Arts & Humanities and Special Interest Group/Visualization, Images and Sound have assembled articles that cover a range of research and projects reflecting the confluence of the two topics. Papers describe expanded access to resources in the humanities previously unavailable, leading to a digital renaissance. This access enables data mining and new insights for research and analysis, as well as enhanced possibilities for presenting results with interactive capabilities. Case studies explore information visualization technologies used to enrich a thesis presentation, cast literary analysis in a new light and reveal associations among scholars. The advantages of visualization extend to thesaurus-powered search interfaces but are shown to be an under-exploited tool for music research.