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Workshop "Visualization for the Humanities" (in cooperation with ZZF)

- this course is held in English -

With a growing interest in quantitative methods in history, social science, and linguistics, visualization techniques offer new modes of enquiry. By translating complex and comprehensive data sets into a graphical format our visual perceptual system can detect patterns, outliers, and relationships. Coupled with interactivity, information visualization can enable powerful analysis. This workshop mixed lecture inputs, discussions, and small exercises to introduce doctoral students to the field of information visualization with a particular focus on its use in the humanities.
Participants are encouraged to bring some sample data (e.g., textual, tabular, or network data) from their own research and think in advance what kind of questions they pursue that could benefit from visualization.



  • What is information visualization?
  • Visual variables and basic tasks
  • How to design a visualization?

Visualization techniques

  • text document and corpora
  • spatial and temporal data
  • social networks
  • cultural collections


Zielgruppe PhD students in the humaninies and social science working with relational, textual and/or temporal data sets.
Methoden Presentation, discussions, exercises
Dauer 5 hours


Marian Dörk is a research professor for information visualization at the Urban Futures Institute for Applied Research of the University of Applied Science Potsdam. In the context of his doctoral studies at the University of Calgary and his postdoctorate at Newscastle University he designed and studied novel visualization techniques in particular with regard to their potential for exploratory information practices. Since Fall 2014 he leads a 3-year research project on visualizing cultural collections and since January 2015 he has been co-directing the Urban Complexity Lab, a newly founded research space at the intersection between information visualization and urban transformation.

More abaout Marian Dörk: http://mariandoerk.de

More about the Urban Complexity Lab: http://uclab.fh-potsdam.de