Visualising the visualisers

The main event to be at in London this month is, of course EVA London 2012, from the 10th to the 12th. There is, apparently, some kind of sporty shindig going on out Stratford way, but I don’t really know very much about it. Maybe it  would have helped if the media had covered it a bit more.

As outgoing editor of EVA’s Proceedings, I’ve prepared some rudimentary visualisations of the conference’s content, which seemed sort of appropriate. The number of papers involved is far too small to have any statistical significance, which means I can’t hope to do anything on the scale of David McCandless’ Information is Beautiful work, or the UCL Digital Humanities Infographic, plus life got in the way of my grand plans to do anything more sophisticated. I nod respectfully in the direction of both however, as the ultimate source of the thought that this might be an interesting exercise. More/better visualisations may well be added in the course of the conference next week, as the inspiration sinks in.

In each case, you can click on the image for a bigger/more legible version.

1. A Wordle of the full text of the EVA London 2012 Proceedings


Wordles can, of course, lead you up erroneous pathways, but herewith the full (unlemmatized) text of the Proceedings (courtesy of There is no significance in the layout, but the size of the font is proportional to the frequency of the word.

2. A Wordle of the keywords supplied by accepted EVA authors when they submitted their abstracts


Lemmatized this time, and regularised for spelling variants (e.g. ‘Visualization’ changed to ‘Visualisation’).

3. Topic areas covered (as determined by the EVA London 2012 Programme Committee)


Categorisations made by the EVA Committee when developing the programme back in March. This, and the following two images, were developed using IBM’s Many Eyes software.

4. Institutional affiliations of EVA 2012 authors, by number of instances of authorship or co-authorship


5. Current national affiliations of EVA 2012 authors


Author: Stuart Dunn

I do various things, but mainly I am Professor of Spatial Humanities at King's College London's . My interests include things computational, cartographic and archaeological.

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