New Data Visualization Exhibit on Display in John M. Olin Library

The exhibit “Charting History: Data Visualization Through the Years” is now on display in the Jack E. and Debbie T. Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of John M. Olin Library.

“Horse in Motion” by Eadweard Muybridge

Scholars have become increasingly fascinated by data visualization, although various techniques have been used for centuries to illustrate complex ideas in simple ways.Charting History: Data Visualization Through the Years” presents a history of data visualization, with examples from Washington University Libraries’ collections that illustrate the importance of data visualization as it relates to research and disseminating information.

The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between Cassie Brand, curator of Rare Books at the University Libraries; Heather Corcoran, Halsey C. Ives Professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Bill Winston, GIS analyst in University Libraries’ Data Services unit; and Geoff Ward, associate professor and associate chair of the African and African-American Studies Program. The exhibit will be up through December 6, 2019.


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