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Iva Lelková: Visualization of Early Modern Scholarly Correspondence

Problems and Questions Demonstrated on an Example of J. A. Comenius’ (1592-1670)

 

During my stay as a STSM grantee in Milan between 27th September and 23rd October 2015, I collaborated with designers from the DensityDesign Research Lab http://www.densitydesign.org/ at the Politecnico di Milano to explore the possibilities as well as the problems of visualizing of J. A. Comenius’ correspondence.

 

With their help I identified visualization tools that are easily accessible for a beginning user and experimented with them. I created a list evaluating these tools from my point of view and wrote a diary/blog describing my experiments with the data.

 

However I soon realized that formatting of the data is the key for even the most simple of visualizations and I learned some basic formatting skills. In order to help other scholars with little experience in data formatting and visualizations, I created a video tutorial https://vimeo.com/144094276 that shows some basic data formatting steps as well as a geographic visualization of Comenius’ correspondence in the visualization tool Carto DB https://cartodb.com/.

 

At the same time I was also preparing visualizations for the collective volume Practice of Scholarly Communication: Correspondence Networks between Central and Western Europe, 1550-1700 (to be published by Ashgate in 2016) which helped me to get access to various kind of early modern scholarly correspondence data as well as to ideas and visualization requests from scholars.

 

Early Stage Researcher (PhD and Postdoc) Funding Opportunity

Cost actionWe are pleased to announce a second call for applications for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMS) relating to COST Action IS 1310: Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800.

 

This funding promotes international mobility between COST Countries participating in this Action, particularly for Early Stage Researchers. A total of €24,000 is available to fund up to 16 STSMs, to a maximum of €2500.

 

Most successful applications will contribute directly to fulfilling the agendas of one or more of the Action’s six Working Groups, each of which is described under its own heading on this site.  The deadline for completed applications is midnight on 27 July 2015.

 

Applications are invited for missions occurring between 1 August 2015, and 30 June 2016 (the end of our second financial year).

 

Purpose of a STSM

 

STSM are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an institution in another participating COST country. A STSM should contribute to the specific scientific objectives of the COST Action, while at the same time enabling researchers to learn new techniques or gain access to specific expertise, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions.

 

In the specific case of COST Action “Reassembling the Republic of Letters”, this call explicitly addresses persons who deal with the digital processing of (early modern) learned correspondence, from different professional perspectives: librarians and archivists; scholars; IT specialists; digital humanities and media experts.  For detailed information on COST Action IS1310, please see the Memorandum of Understanding.

 

STSMs are especially (although not exclusively) targeted at persons at early stages of their professional career (defined as eight years since the award of the PhD or equivalent). We also particularly encourage the application of women, and/or persons from “inclusiveness countries” (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey).

 

Full information regarding the STSM programme and the eligibility criteria can be downloaded here.

 

For COST STSM funding rules, please visit the COST Vademecum.

 

Timetable:
Deadline for applications to be submitted: 27/07/2015
Notification of application outcome: 31/7/2015
Period of STSM: between 1/8/2015 and 30/6/2016
All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above.

 

Contact person for clarifications:
Prof. Vanda Anastácio (STSM Coordinator)
University of Lisbon
Faculdade de Letras
Alameda da Universidade
Lisboa 1600-214  Portugal
vandaanastacio@mail.telepac.pt