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Capta and Data: Visualization, the Humanistic Method and Representing Knowledge

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Transcript of Capta and Data: Visualization, the Humanistic Method and Representing Knowledge

Capta and Data: Visualization, the Humanistic
Method, and the Representation of Knowledge
What is Visualization?
Humanities Approach to Graphical Display
Capta vs. Data
"Capta is "taken" actively while
data is assumed to be a "given" able to be recorded and observed."
https://republicofletters.stanford.edu/#maps
"In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single
Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a
Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers
Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coin-
cided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the
Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless,
and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of
Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that
Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the
Disciplines of Geography. "
Media Visualization: Visual Techniques for Exploring Large Media Collections
Media Visualization - "Creating new visual representations from the visual objects in a collection."
From Data Realism to Dada Aggregations
Discussion questions:

1. Do you think the tools presented by the Republic of Letters and Manovich’s Media Visualization article efficiently represent large sets of data?
2. Are there other visualization projects that you think do this well?
3. Do you agree with Kera that visualization is really an illustration of our futility to be able to accurately aggregate data?
4. Do you think the distinction between "capta" and "data" is useful?
5. What does the seemingly blurry distinction between art and visualization portend for its use as a tool for scholarship?
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