Social Visualization

 

Course Syllabus

Supplemental Readings

Note:  Reading critiques should be sent to me the night before the day listed in the syllabus.

 

Week 1 T    January 20  Social Computing - Social Visualization
Background
Why is social computing and visualization important?

Social Visualization examples:
Loom (http://web.media.mit.edu/~kkarahal/loom/index.html)
Loom 2 (http://smg.media.mit.edu/projects/loom2/)
PostHistory (http://web.media.mit.edu/~fviegas/posthistory/index.html)
HistoryFlow (http://researchweb.watson.ibm.com/history/)
  R   January 22 

News as Conversation
History in conversation

Readings:
Visualizing Conversation by Donath, Karahalios, and Viegas
Medium Effects: Turn-Taking and Back Channels by Lynn Cherney
Managing the Virtual Commons: Cooperation and Conflict in Computer Communities by Peter Kollock and Marc Smith

critiques

Week 2 T   Januray 27

News, Blogs, Wikis  as a Virtual Commons

Readings:
The dynamics of mass interaction by Whittaker, Terveen, Hill, and Cherny
Becoming Wikipedian: Transformation of Participation in a Collaborative Online Encyclopedia by Bryant, Forte, and Bruckman

Studying Cooperation and Conflict between Authors with history flow Visualizations by Viegas, Wattenberg, and Dave

critiques

  R January 29

Group Text Conversation

Submit a web page describing a visualization of one Usenet Newsgroup, Yahoo Group, Facebook Gtoup etc.
Pages


Week 3 T   February 3

News, Blogs, Wikis as a Virtual Commons
Natural Language Processing in an conversational text corpus
Visualizing shared code, documents, projects over time
ManyEyes
Swivel

Readings:
Communities: Flash forums and forumReader: navigating a new kind of large-scale online discussion by Dave, Wattenberg, and Muller
CodeSaw: A Social Visualization of Distributed Software Development by Gilbert and Karahalios
Bridging The Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs by Herring et al

critiques

  R  February 5

News, Blogs, Wikis as a Virtual Commons
Gestalt Theory - Using Gestalt in Visualization
Color Theory - Color, Transparency, and Perception in Computer Graphics

Submit an updated web page describing a visualization ofyour previous group or a new visualization of several text archived  groups.

pages

Week 4 T   February 10

News, Blogs, Wikis as a Virtual Commons

Present a working visualization of one or several text archived groups.

  R  February 12

News, Blogs, Wikis as a Virtual Commons

Readings:

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte
Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte  

critiques

Week 5 T   February 17

Visualizing Email
Using Motion and Kinetic Text for Visualization

Readings:
Visualizing Email Archives by Judith Donath
Social Network Fragments by danah boyd and Jeff Potter
Public Displays of Connection by Donath and boyd
The Image of the City (Chap 1, 2) (Chap 4) by Kevin Lynch

critiques

  R  February 19

Visualizing Email
Zooming and Mapping in Visualization
Atlas of Cyberspace
Maps and Cartography

Submit a web page describing a visualization of your email.

pages

Week 6 T   February 24

Visualizing Email

Present a working visualization of your Cites email.
Class critiques


  R  February 26 Visualizing Chat/IM, Social Networks
Moving from asynchronous to synchronous

Readings:
Social translucence: an approach to designing systems that support social processes by Thomas Erickson and Wendy Kellogg
Supporting community and building social capital: Social translucence: designing social infrastructures that make collective activity visible by Thomas Erickson, Christine Halverson, Wendy A. Kellogg, Mark Laff, Tracee Wolf

critiques

Week 7 T  March 3

Visualizing Chat/IM, Social Networks

Readings:
The Network Community: An Introduction by Barry Wellman
The Strength of Weak Ties by Mark. S. Granovetter
Visualizing Social Networks by Linton C. Freeman

critiques

  R  March 5

Visualizing Chat/IM, Social Networks

Submit a web page describing a visualization of a social network based on email or chat data.

pages

Week 8 T   March 10

Visualizing Chat/IM, Social Networks

Present a working visualization of a social network based on email or chat data.
Class critiques

  R  March 12

Visualizing Audio
Using Motion in Visualization
Extracting audio cues
Real time pitch tracking (fft, wft)

Readings:
Thunderwire: A Field Study of an Audio-Only Media Space by Hindus et al
In Situ Speech Visualization in Real-Time Interactive Installation and Performance by Golan Levin and Zachary
Lieberman
Seeing More: Visualizing Audio Cues by Bergstrom and Karahalios

critiques

Week 9 T   March 17

Visualizing Audio
Visualizing Faces with Audio

Readings:
The Faculty of Language: What Is It, Who Has It, and How Did It Evolve?
  by Hauser, Chomsky,and Fitch
Social Catalysts: enhancing communication in mediated spaces by Karrie Karahalios

critiques

  R  March 19

Visualizing Audio

Submit a web page describing a visualization of a synchronous or asynchronous audio conversation.

pages

Week 10 T   March 24

Spring Break

 

  R  March 26

Sping Break

 

Week 11 T   March 31

Visualizing Audio

Present a working visualization of a synchronous or asynchronous audio conversation
Class critiques

 

  R  April 2 Physics and Visualization
Zooming Techniques: Pad++, Fisheye lenses

Readings:
The Illusion of Life (Ch. 3) by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas (see newsgroup)
Pad++ A Zoomable Graphical Sketchpad for Exloring Alternate Interface Physics by Bederson et al

critiques

  F  April 3 Final Project Proposals
proposals
Week 12 T   April 7

Physics and Visualization
William H. Whyte - The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Readings:
The Nature of Mathematical Modeling by Neil Gershenfeld (see newsgroup)

critiques

  R  April 9

Physics and Visualization

Submit a web page describing a visualization of your choice incorporating physics based algorithms from class

 

Week 13 T   April 14

Physics and Visualization

Present a working visualization incorporating cellular atomata algorithms from class

 

  R  April 16

Visualizing Video 
Visualizing Video over Time
Ethics, Privacy
Stanford prison experiments video

Readings:
Artifacts of the Presence Era: Using Information Visualization to Create an Evocative Souvenir  by Viegas, Perry, Howe, and Donath
Painterly Rendering with Curved Brush Strokes of Multiple Sizes by Aaron Hertzmann

critiques

Week 14 T  April 21

Visualizing Video 
Non-photorealistic rendering of images
Integrating Machine Learning for Intelligent Social Interfaces

Readings:
Painterly Rendering for Video and Interaction by Aaron Hertzmann and Ken Perlin
Telemurals: Linking Remote Spaces with Social Catalysts by Karahalios and Donath
NonPhotorealistic Rendering by Gooch and Gooch

critiques

  R  April 23

Visualizing Video over Time

Submit a web page describing a visualization of video synchronously or over time


pages

Week 15 April 28

Visualizing Video over Time

Present a working visualization of video synchronously or over time

  R  April 30


Week 16 T   May 5

Final Project Presentations  coming soon!