Rachel Shadoan Muses

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”.

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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