Well designed graphs are no longer my enemy.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in class tomorrow evening and getting started with Clio II.

As I was reading through the articles and books for this week, I was reminded by many of the themes from Clio I. The advice from multiple authors to plan, plan, plan and make decisions very purposefully continues to be at the forefront of many of our texts. And certainly with good reason. I spent a lot of time planning out my project for Clio I and then changed nearly everything but I was very cognizant of how much thought needed to go into every decision.

I really enjoyed Knaflic’s  Storytelling with Data and I now feel that I will never look at a bar graph or infographic the same way. Many of the details that Knaflic included seem like common sense (i.e. bold or put in color something that you want to make stand out .) But what I had never paid attention to was how you can clean up a graph by removing labels or gridlines. I often feel somewhat confused when looking at complex graphs, but perhaps it’s not just me!

Lastly, I agree with Stephen Ramsay’s definition of a digital humanist. Anyone else? (I also agree with some of his colleagues whom he said are “sick to the teeth of this endless meta-discussion.” Can we stop arguing about the definition and get on with it?)But to cycle back to Ramsay, I think he’s on to something by saying that digital humanists have to be building something. After all, if you are merely reading/viewing a digital project or serving only as the history expert, how is that very different from a humanist or a historian? Rather if you are building an app or a database of scanned documents or a website or creating visualizations to see data in new ways, that is different from the traditional job of a historian and, I think, justifies your place in the digital humanities.

I commented on Lacey’s blog and Ann-Marie’s blog.

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