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HAA-281011-21

Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Lauren Frederica Klein (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization

The creation of a born-digital publication documenting and analyzing the history of data visualization from the 18th century to the present.

Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization is a born-digital, open-access, book-length publication that offers a new history of data visualization from the eighteenth century to the present. Through a set of five interactive narratives, Data by Design challenges the common belief that visualizations of data simply "reveal" the significance of the data underneath. This project shows, instead, how visualizations always carry a set of implicit assumptions-and, at times, explicit arguments-about how knowledge is produced, and who is authorized to produce it. The project moves chronologically, blending humanistic analyses of historical visualization examples, culled from archival research, with interactive digital recreations of those same designs. The project's custom web platform, collaboratively built with a student development team, taken with its technical features and scholarly content, model a new form of digital humanities scholarship to the academy and beyond.

Project fields:
American Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,900 (approved)
$88,729 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023