Last week the Humanities + Design team at Stanford released a new version of the Palladio data visualization platform: Palladio 0.5.0. The key new feature is that you cans now save and share specific instances of your data and visualizations. We’re very much in active development and welcome any suggestions from the DH community on ways to improve Palladio.
Below, please see a few recent blog posts from different scholars, writing about how they've employed the different Palladio views, in conjunction with the timeline and facet filters, to consider the spatial-temporal aspects of their data in ways they might not otherwise have been able to – which is why we got into this whole thing in the first place.
From the blogs:
Damian Shiels, author of the Irish in the American Civil War, on using Palladio to visualize the Impact of the American Civil War in Ireland. “The visualisation of data in this form allows us to see the impact of the American Civil War in different ways, beyond simply casualty figures from the battlefield. It is also a stark reminder that the misery the war inflicted was not restricted to the United States…For me, seeing the tendrils of impact spread far and wide, touching so many individuals and places- based on just 219 pensioners- tells us much about the colossal effect of the war on the hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants who experienced it.”
University of Nebraska-LincolnDoctoral student Andy Wilson on using Palladio to help him Visualize the Nicaraguan Revolution. “It is a far more intuitive tool than Gephi and I would argue that the finished product is visually more appealing.”
Rice DH students on using Palladio to visualize paths of runaway slaves collected from jailers’ notices. “By juxtaposing maps of start and end points from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas jailers’ notices, we observed striking differences in the patterns of runaway paths across states.”
Stanford Religious Studies PhD candidate Sameer Ali on using Palladio to map the movement and lineage of Persian medical manuscripts. “From West to East, you can see Diyarbakir, Tehran, Isfahan (the second largest point), Herat, above that Bukhara, Delhi (the largest point in size), Malda, and then below it Kolkata. Most of the Persian Medical MS, then, originate in Delhi.”
You may also be interested in some general thoughts on the Palladio development process, from our Lead Developer, Ethan Jewett. (Note that this blog post dates to April 2014 and relates to an earlier iteration of Palladio, which we’d released in the spring). “ Palladio is a great example (one of many great examples) of how the process of humanistic inquiry can motivate the development of methods that are both technically and conceptually applicable in wildly different disciplines.”
If you’d like to discuss all things Palladio, or post us to your own blog about your experiences with it so far, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.