- contain very large numbers of factors.
- represent evolution in time.
- be in very large quantities (100,000s or more instances) with multiple variables.
- represent relationships rather than quantities.
- capture process evolution.
Visualising Social Data Seminar
Recent joint work between Professor Kevin Haines and Professor Chris Tofts on the delivery of treatment services to substance users has demonstrated the significance of a multi-disciplinary approach to collecting, visualising, comprehending and analysing complex data sets.
The seminar will introduce the value of powerful data visualisation technology, potential approaches to presenting complex data sets and the kinds of methods and tools which can be applied to produce effective visualisations.
No prior knowledge or experience of data visualisation is necessary as this seminar aims to provide a comprehensive introduction.
Speaker: Professor Chris Tofts
Date and Time: Tuesday 29th March, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: School of Law Conference Room, Richard Price Building
Admission: Admission is free, open to all
Advances in computerised data collection, networks, computation and computer storage have made it possible for humanities and social science researchers to gather very large data sets. The complex nature of such data presents new challenges in comprehension and analysis. The data can:
Participants in the seminar will be offered the opportunity to bring their own data sets to follow-up sessions, where researchers can explore visualisation techniques for their data in a one-to-one setting with experienced data visualisation analysts.
About the speaker:
Professor Chris Tofts is an Honorary Professor of Swansea University’s Department of Computer Science. He currently works for Concinnitas Ltd, a Service Science organisation spun out by the Service Science research team based in Hewlett-Packard’s Laboratories in Bristol.
His research interests include the specification, implementation and delivery of service systems; applications and development of concurrency theory; the semantics of simulation systems; design and development of decision support tools and modelling biological systems.
Professor Kevin Haines is a Professor of Criminology and Youth Justice and is Director of Swansea University’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology, based in the School of Law.
Professor Kevin Haines, Tel: 01792-295920, email: K.R.Haines@swansea.ac.uk