The Graphic Visualization of XML Documents

Zoe Borovsky

University of California, Los Angeles

David J. Birnbaum

University of Pittsburgh

Lewis R. Lancaster

University of California, Berkeley

James A. Danowski

University of Illinois at Chicago

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The Graphic Visualization of XML Documents

Balisage: The Markup Conference 2009
August 11 - 14, 2009


We propose to show how graphic visualizations of deeply encoded XML documents allow Humanities scholars to reap the rewards of their work. These visualizations become, in turn, objects that scholars can analyze and interpret. Beginning with a short overview outlining the history of development in visualization strategies of Humanities computing technologies, we present Birnbaum's Repertorium Workstation as an early attempt at graphic visualization of a large collection of XML encoded texts. Borovsky's work shows how graphs of encoded data can themselves become objects of analysis; she will present examples of visual queries and results. Lancaster's work envisions a visual query system using large graphs — a framework designed for exploring structurally complex Humanities data sets. Our work leads us to conclude that graphic visualization isn't just something one can do with XML data; it is often crucial to making the data usable in research.