Data Visualization and the Modern Imagination

This exhibition about the history of data visualization is "the culmination of a partnership between RJ Andrews, a data storyteller based in San Francisco, and the David Rumsey Map Center" at Stanford University Libraries.

Guest Curator RF Andrews writes: "The sections in this exhibition examine information graphics that show space, time, nature, and society. Many are beautiful. Each is a unique way of seeing still worth our attention."

Generating Interdisciplinary Dialogue: A Book Discussion to Consider the Place of Data Visualization in the Classroom

A new editorial by Shannon Sheridan and Rick Fisher of the University of Wyoming deals with their collaboration aimed at using a book discussion group on data visualization “to challenge and extend faculty’s views about what counts as academic and disciplinary ‘communication,’ a concept that is often quite narrowly defined in classroom settings”:

A conversation on historical data visualization

Manuel Lima,  a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, author, and Design Lead at Google, hosted an online panel with Michael Friendly (Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and Professor of Psychology at York University) and Sandra Rendgen (Head of Design at Berlin-based visualization studio Infographics Group) on historical data visualization:

NEW: Slave Voyages 2.0 Live at

On behalf of the Voyages Team, it is a pleasure to announce the launch of the second version of the slave voyages website today at

We thank our collaborators, supporters, and users. We hope that the website will continue serving as a site for education, research, and remembrance of that tragic chapter in human history. 

Best wishes, 

Daniel B. Domingues da Silva
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Rice University

A Map of all the Books

"The HathiTrust Digital Map is an interactive map which allows you to browse and explore the 14 million volumes in the HaithTrust's repository of digitized texts... The Library of Congress Classification system categorizes books into different broad subjects and then by sub-classes within each of these subjects. The HathiTrust Digital Map uses an entirely different method of classification. On this interactive maps texts are organized by the similarity in the vocabulary of individual texts."

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