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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

Seven Reasons OU Computer Science is Better than Hogwarts

I was tasked with creating a new recruitment video for the Computer Science department. I decided to do something a little offbeat, that might attract a different variety of folk.

December 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

What Ethnographers Do: The Art of the Email Interview

The internet is a many-splendored thing. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about people, largely unrestricted by geography and time. However, it also presents a significant challenge.

July 31, 2010

Quantitative: Why You Need Stories

Only once I have the story to connect with the data will the patterns in the numbers make sense. Only when I have the story and the data can we paint a complete picture.

July 19, 2010

Quantitative: A Look at the Big(ger) Picture

A significant spike in the number of fertilizes in Plant Wars has an unlikely origin.

July 7, 2010