VFF: From Page to Text to Data
A page - whether from a manuscript or in printed form - has more information than its text. How can this information be thought about for quantification and visualization? Visualization of knowledge has deep roots in the practices of the High Middle Ages and the Renaissance, where forms of visualization and page organization could be as contentious as the conceptual "content" they represented. In this talk, I will focus on the problem of extracting "data" from pre-modern works for visualization and analysis. I am particularly concerned with how humanistic analysis can be thoughtful about the "datafication" of narrative without shying away from the insight that can be gained from visualizations.