Data Visualization for Art Historians

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00pm
Room 308, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
This session explores the significance of new data-driven methods in the humanities and historical studies. It includes a discussion of methodology and approach, along with a hands-on workshop component using the data analysis and visualization software Tableau. This workshop is aimed at art history faculty and graduate students who have little or no experience working with humanities datasets, but see the potential of visualizing or mapping aspects of their research. This workshop will be conducted in a lab with computers that have the necessary software installed. However, it is strongly suggested that participants bring their own laptops,fully charged, and obtain free access to the software that we will be using before the workshop begins.

Nancy Um, professor and Chair of Art History of Binghampton University (SUNY) specializing in visual culture, built environment, urbanism, and material exchange around the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean littoral; Islamic art and architecture; Yemen; early modern commerce and cross-cultural exchange; domestic and commercial architecture; and digital art history. Nancy Um received her MA and PhD in Islamic art and architectural history from UCLA. She joined the art history faculty at Binghamton University in 2001.

In order to engage fully, participants should bring their laptops, fully charged, to the workshop. We will be using Tableau Desktop (not Tableau Public or Prep), software for data analysis, visualization, and mapping. Participants should download and install the software before arriving at the workshop.

Here are the directions for obtaining the software:
  • Visit the Tableau website to sign up for a 2-week free trial of Tableau Desktop:
  • Enter your email address and click the orange button “Download free trial.”
  • After your two-week trial is over, you may pursue a free academic license by visiting the Tableau Academic Programs site and click “Learn More,” under the option for students or instructors.
Sean Knowlton