New visualizations!

For several years I have had an interest in the Digital Humanities, particularly mapping, GIS (geographic information technologies) and visualizations, and in January this year I decided to take the plunge and start a Certificate in Digital Humanities taught by distance learning at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain). Whereas in the past my forays into mapping were limited to Google Maps, in the last few months I have had the chance to experiment with other software, such as Google Earth Pro, QGIS and Cytoscape. I have uploaded two of my experiments into the ‘Visualization’ sections of the website, both concerned with the gabinetes fonográficos (recording studios) active in Madrid in the period 1896-1904: one of them maps the gabinetes in the city, whereas the other connects gabinetes and the singers who recorded for them. It’s incredibly easy to get carried away by the multiple possibilities offered by the software – but these tools can offer valuable insights into the archival data that might not have come so readily otherwise, as I explain in the above pages.

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