Workshop: Using the Visualization Studio

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Data visualization is an important tool for researchers, assisting in both analysis and communication of results.   A good visualization casts data into a visual presentation that can be grasped and understood much more quickly and easily than the raw numbers alone, improving the efficiency of communicated information.

The Visualization Studio is a state-of-the-art digital facility created to support research at the Taylor Family Digital Library. Its primary feature is a high-resolution display wall designed to provide researchers with vast visual real estate for working with digital information. The display’s 34.5 million pixels allow for insight and overview that is impossible to achieve elsewhere. This has great potential for visualization in that many more data points can be presented than with standard displays.

Beyond using the Studio for analysis, the Studio also provides a unique venue for presentations (such as a thesis defense), public outreach event, or venue for filming presentations of research outcomes.  The Studio is freely available to all graduate students and faculty.

The Studio works with a Windows environment and operates like a standard desktop machine (with a very large display).  A wide variety of software is available and additional software can be installed (upon request).

This session will provide an overview of the Studio’s capabilities as well as examples of past and on-going research making use of this state-of-the-art technology.

By the end of the seminar students will be able to:

  • book time in the Visualization Studio
  • identify many different use cases for the technology in the Studio.

The Visualization workshops can be taken in any order.

Future workshops will be offered Oct 5 and Nov 6.  In 2016 workshops are planned for Jan 18 and Mar 14.  For more details see http://library.ucalgary.ca/services/library-workshops.  If  those sessions are full or you’d like another date/time to come available please contact me at tfldvis@ucalgary.ca.

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