The readings in this week try to investigate the definition of digital visualization in several perspectives. For humanists, any form of data, which might be resulted from the acts of interpretation between the readers and images, have specific meanings. For different groups, different audience, digital visualization serves as different roles and contains different meanings. Defining as artifacts, texts, processsable information as well as evidence, digital visualization provides a opportunity for humanists to bring sophisticated methods in close reading of text and artifacts into service for the new species of text and artifacts.( Owens,84) Owen’s article actually give me some inspiration such as how humanists deal with the relation between the data and images.

This topic have some relations with the study I am interested in. Image


The imagines I posted below named Dianshizhai pictorial, which were given as a gift to the citizens. The pictures on Dianshizhao pictorial alongside with little pomes always talks about the news and issues happened at that time. And recently, lots of scholars are studying this special pictorial. Not only interested in the content of the pictorial, but also the author,the lower middle class’s attitudes towards the society at that specific time.


Meanwhile, Martyn’s article concerns more about the development of digital visualization as a scholarly activity. He uses the London Charter as a case to illustrate that what kind of standard and methods should be proper for scholarly activity for digital visualization. (Martyn) As a scholarly methodology, digital visualization still lack of precise and rigorous standards.