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Tangible User Interfaces as a Pathway for Information Visualisation for Low Digital Literacy in the Digital Humanities

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Publication date2017
Number of pages5
Original languageEnglish
EventIEEE VIS 2017 - 2nd Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 1/10/20176/10/2017

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WorkshopIEEE VIS 2017 - 2nd Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period1/10/176/10/17

Abstract

Information visualisation has become a key element for empowering users to answer and produce new questions, make sense and create narratives about specific sets of information. Current technologies, such as Linked Data, have changed how researchers and professionals in the Humanities and the Heritage sector engage with information. Digital literacy is of concern in many sectors, but is especially of concern for Digital Humanities. This is due to the fact that the Humanities and Heritage sector face an important division based on digital literacy that produce gaps in the way research can be carried out. One way to overcome the challenge of digital literacy and improve access to information can be Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs), which allow a more meaningful and natural pathway for a wide range of users. TUIs make use of physical objects to interact with the computer. In particular, they can facilitate the interaction process between the user and a data visualisation system. This position paper discusses the opportunity to engage with Digital Humanities information via TUIs and data visualisation tools, offering new ways to analyse, investigate and interpret the past.