Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Collections

Abstract
The paper explores visualisation of “big data” from digitised museum collections and archives, focusing on the relationship between data, visualisation and narrative. A contrast is presented between visualisations that show “just the data” and those that present the information in such a way as to tell a story using visual rhetorical devices; such devices have historically included trees, streams, chains, geometric shapes and other forms. The contrast is explored through historical examples and a survey of current practice. A discussion centred on visualising datasets from the British Library, Science Museum and Wellcome Library is used to outline key research questions.
Authors
Stephen Boyd Davis, Olivia Vane & Florian Kräutli
Cite
Boyd Davis, S., Vane, O. and Kräutli, F., 2016. Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Collections. In J. P. Bowen, G. Diprose & N. Lambert, eds., Proceedings of EVA London. London: BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Available at http://ewic.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/56286