Data visualisation can be a very powerful tool and can be put to excellent use within the humanities providing a new way forward for some researchers.

Data visualisation is primarily used to show relationships among data and portray values encoded as visual objects in other words it involves the presentation of data in a graphical or pictorial manner making large datasets coherent. Charts and maps have been used for centuries to visualise important data and reveal data at several levels of detail easily discriminated by the human eye.

Modern technology and software allows us to take data visualisation to a new level by making it interactive. Interactive data visualisation allows us to drill down into the data and determined new relationships.

Gephi is one free tool available for researchers. Gephi allows the user to manipulate structures, colours and shapes in order to more readily reveal connections and discover patterns. Download it here

Look here for an introduction basic tutorial on how to use GEPHI

Have you used data visualisation in your Humanities research? if so please comment below and tell us about your experience and the tool/s you used. What did data visualisation contribute and how?