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University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9055)
Katharine Coles (Project Director: July 2011 to present)

Imagery Lenses for Visualizing Text Corpora

A project to explore new visualization techniques for use in large scale linguistic and literary corpora using the collections of the British National Corpus and various smaller archives of poetry. The project is led by humanities scholars and computer scientists from the University of Utah (US) and University of Oxford (UK). The UK partner, the University of Oxford, is requesting £97,606 from the UK funding consortium.

Corpus-based research originated in modern linguistics, and it now has applications in many fields of the humanities and social sciences. A fascinating research question is whether or not advanced visualization techniques can provide an interface that enables humanities researchers to use their domain knowledge dynamically, while using the computational capability of computers. In particular, can data visualization help users make new observations and generate new hypotheses? The aim of this project is to answer the above methodological research question, and to create a set of new visualization tools for future scholarly research. The objectives of this project are to develop a family of novel techniques for visualizing text corpora and to formulate mappings from new taxonomies to visual organizations of the statistical information of a corpus, a document cluster or an individual text document and to evaluate the usability and transferability of the developed visualization techniques.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Digging into Data

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$125,000 (approved)
$125,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2014