Current images of AI – widely used and available in stock libraries – are dominated by tropes such as white humanoid robots, blue backgrounds, glowing brains and science fiction imagery. Research into narratives as forms of sense-making AI …
Introducing cinematic scientific visualization: A new frontier in science communication
Data and its visualizers have always exploited the latest trends in media and communication in its quest to make seemingly dull numbers engaging, affective and interesting. In this post Kalina Borkiewicz, Eric Jensen, Stuart Levy, Jill .P. Naiman, and …
Exploring Late 1800s Political Cartoons through Interactive Data Visualizations
This is a guest blog post by Jeffrey Shen, a high-school Innovation Intern with LC Labs. Over the course of my three month internship with the LC Labs team, I developed a website/interactive data visualization which allows users to explore the late 1800s through political cartoons contained in the Cartoon Drawings collection. The main feature of […]
What can interdisciplinary collaborations learn from the science of team science?
Teamwork makes the dream work, and for interdisciplinary collaborations there are many lessons to be learned from the science of team science. Suzi Spitzer shares ten such lessons here: start by assembling participants with a variety of social skills, such as negotiation and social perceptiveness; avoid jargon and make sure shared words have shared meaning; and accept that conflict, while […]
Building a Southern Mosaic
The following is a guest post from Innovation Intern Aditya Jain on his Southern Mosaic visualization. Two weeks into my LC Labs Innovation internship, I came across Rachel I. Howard’s essay Southern Mosaic on the Library of Congress website. The essay describes the story of John and Ruby Lomax, a husband and wife who made […]
The World As Seen Through Books: An Interview with Kalev Hannes Leetaru
Kalev Leetaru, a senior fellow at George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, has written for The Signal in previous posts. I recently had the chance to ask him about his latest work, processing and analyzing digitized books stretching back two centuries. Erin: You recently completed research and analysis on large datasets of […]
How Do Cultural and Intellectual Centers Re-locate Over Time?
Have you ever wondered why cities rise and fall, as do empires? “Charting Culture” is an animation that examines when and how “notable” people are born, stay or migrate, and where they die. Over 12,000 notable historical figures were tracked and the migrations display how people moved from city to city, empire to empire, between …
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