Visualization: It is The Thing this Spring at Maryland

Visualization: It is The Thing this Spring at Maryland

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

If you happen across the main page of this site this first week of the Spring semester you will see the Not To Be Missed At Maryland segment features an announcement about the Campus Visualization Partnership, the creation of which was announced towards the end of last semester and which formally kicks off this Spring semester with a lecture series. This is a lecture series that will bring in speakers from outside the University as well as forging connections between scholarly disciplines on campus through presentations. As an example, I will represent the Collaboratory and Art History on February 18th as part of multi-speaker session introducing the audience to visualization spaces and approaches with which probably they are not familiar. Ben Shneiderman, of HCIL, Amitabh Varshney, director of UMIACS, and Fran LoPresti, Deputy CIO in the Division of Information Technology kick off the series next Tuesday, Februrary 4 at noon. You must register (it is free), but if you cannot make it physically, all of the lectures in the series will be livestreamed and recorded for asynchronous playback. Go to https://viz.umd.edu for more information.

This opportunity is an exciting one for us here in Art History to engage with the burgeoning science and art of visualization and its most visible practitioners in the sciences (hard and social) and to make them aware of the forms of visualizations with which we historically are concerned (think models of ancient spaces or in situ perspectives) as well as those that approach those they understand as visualization (think the network visualizations of museum metadata Matt Lincoln has presented in the past year). Try to make it to this series. It will be worth the investment of time.

Quint