Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Period of Performance

9/1/2011 - 2/28/2014

Funding Totals

$49,913.00 (approved)
$49,865.28 (awarded)

Gnovis: Flowing Through the Galaxy of Knowledge

FAIN: HD-51343-11

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350)
Lucia Binotti (Project Director: March 2011 to November 2014)

Advanced development of multiple flexible and re-usable user interfaces that would allow for the display of large amounts of data organized semantically. Two core datasets will serve as the focus of the start-up activities: historical composers of music, and a corpus of Renaissance Spanish literature.

Gnovis is a novel application for all scholars and teachers in the humanities that will, in the long run, permit the re-conceptualization of data that have until recently been presented in rigid, non-individualized formats. Gnovis is a first attempt at producing an engine that can display corpora of knowledge in multi-dimensional environments, allowing for the visualization of extensive amounts of material organized semantically in nested clusters. We plan to implement a prototype visual interface for a compact but detailed set of knowledge in the humanities. Our goal is to explore different visualization styles and interfaces. We are interested in creating a more fluid style of interface than the current web-page paradigm where a click can take you to a new page, more smoothly navigable even than the Google maps style which allows the user to drag information from out of the current view.

Associated Products

Spanish Intellectual Climate: Developing the Gnovis Prototype (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: Spanish Intellectual Climate: Developing the Gnovis Prototype
Author: Lucia Binotti
Author: Chris Smith
Abstract: “The Intellectual Climate of Spain” is a laboratory where students will be gathering and organizing materials to create a prototype version of a software tool, Gnovis, for visualizing entities and the relationships between them in well-defined domains of knowledge. We will generate our own highly detailed dataset for a limited subset of Spanish Renaissance literature. This detailed example will help us understand the types of interface necessary to allow navigation through the many attributes and connections between the entities under consideration. In addition, the seminar will serve as a crucible for testing our ideas about developing different modes of visualization, and about the usefulness of including or excluding certain attributes.
Year: 2011
Audience: Graduate