I couldn’t help but notice that the visualizations presented by Diane Favro and John Bonnet seemed dated, looked old in a way that made it uncomfortable to trust the visualizations of their research even though they are less than a decade old. The aesthetics of data presentation might be able to adapt to the design principles employed by architects or graphic design artists. I think that focusing on the aesthetics of a 3-D visualization is important since the “timelessness” of an image may affect the reception to the data in future years and encourage open-source collaboration. 

John Bonnet mentioned the issues of archiving the data visualizations.  In searching for places and people concerned with the archiving the data and the hardware necessary for the access of this information I would the Kopal project which uses “data format migration” and “emulation environments” which translate older forms of data into current forms of data while also ensuring that the hardware in which the original metadata was conceived will work in future hardware systems. There are considerations such as finding a preferred format when the information is collected. Kopal uses a “Universal Object Format” that can store and convert “TIFF,” “PDF,” “XML” and ISO-images of CD-Roms. 

This will, I am almost positive, lead to discussions of image rights or ownership rights that might need to be focused on in collaborative projects. Scholarly journals are peer reviewed- and although I am a little reluctant to say this- I think that perhaps research data visualizations should be peer reviewed as well. 

http://kopal.langzeitarchivierung.de/index_demonstrator.php.en

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