Rachel Shadoan Muses

Conceptualizing Decentralized Systems with Grilled Cheese

There’s a new post up on the Akashic Labs blog today, describing a metaphor we found helpful for conceptualizing the difference between centralized and decentralized systems. Let’s say there’s a … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Patterns of Play

My post on Patterns of Play is up at Ethnography Matters. Here’s a teaser: A few weeks into our study of Plant Wars, an online text-based fighting RPG developed by Jon … Continue reading

June 26, 2013

LEAM: Familiarity

One of the challenges I encountered through the course of Intel’s LEAM project was translating from a concept as we understood it into an algorithm the computer would understand. (This … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

LEAM: Temporal Patterns in Drives

This is an interactive visual analysis tool that I built as part of Intel’s Local Experiences of Automobility project, using a combination of GPS and ethnographic data, as a tool … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Local Experiences of Automobility (LEAM)

For much of the last year, I have been working with data collected from Intel’s Local Experiences of Automobility project. “LEAM is a multi-disciplinary exploratory ethnographic research project focused on … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Digging into the Enlightenment with Hypergraph Queries

Digging into the Enlightenment “seeks to discover that lost continent through an exploration of empirical data gleaned from correspondences, publications, and travel records…”

April 1, 2013

Data All The Way Down: Structured versus Unstructured Data

A lot of people have strong opinions about what is and isn’t data. But as is often the case in situations where people have strong opinions, everyone is both a little right, and a little wrong.

October 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

Visualizing Common Ground

Chuah and Roth present seven features that they have identified as important components of a visualization system for remote collaboration. They refer to these features as “common ground”.

February 24, 2012

The sensemaking process and leverage points for analysts as identified through cognitive task analysis

Pirolli and Card present a model of the “sensemaking loop”, the process by which analysts gather, filter, understand, and hypothesize about information.

February 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

Visual Analytics Literature Review

I’ll be posting summaries and commentary on of academic papers as I come across ones that you might enjoy.

February 2, 2012