A philosophical perspective on visualization for digital humanities

Hein van den Berg, Arianna Betti, Thom Castermans, Rob Koopman, Bettina Speckmann, Kevin Verbeek, Titia van der Werf, Shenghui Wang, Michel A. Westenberg

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Abstract

In this position paper, we describe a number of methodological and philosophical challenges that arose within our interdisciplinary Digital Humanities project \catvis, which is a collaboration between applied geometric algorithms and visualization researchers, data scientists working at OCLC, and philosophers who have a strong interest in the methodological foundations of visualization research. The challenges we describe concern aspects of one single epistemic need: that of methodologically securing (an increase in) trust in visualizations. We discuss the lack of ground truths in the (digital) humanities and argue that trust in visualizations requires that we evaluate visualizations on the basis of ground truths that humanities scholars themselves create. We further argue that trust in visualizations requires that a visualization provides provable guarantees on the faithfulness of the visual representation and that we must clearly communicate to the users which part of the visualization can be trusted and how much. Finally, we discuss transparency and accessibility in visualization research and provide measures for securing transparency and accessibility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. 3rd Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities (VIS4DH)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event3rd Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities(VIS4DH2018) - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 21 Oct 2018 → …
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Workshop3rd Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities(VIS4DH2018)
Abbreviated titleVIS4DH2018
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period21/10/18 → …
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van den Berg, H., Betti, A., Castermans, T., Koopman, R., Speckmann, B., Verbeek, K., ... Westenberg, M. A. (2018). A philosophical perspective on visualization for digital humanities. In Proc. 3rd Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities (VIS4DH)