Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A16. Displaying Data: From Ancient Maps to Computer Generated Visualization

Data, in its various forms, has been transformed into visual representations throughout history. Borders, cities, roads, and the like have been represented on ancient maps. Other visualizations, such as bar graphs and scatter plots, can show multiple data sets and their interactions. Now the computer can be used to not only generate a visualization, but also make it interactive so that the user can explore multi-dimensional data easily and efficiently. We will explore ways to display data, first on paper, and then via sophisticated visualizations on the Web. Students will create their own Web pages containing data visualizations using powerful software and programming techniques. (No experience is assumed.)

Michael B. GousieMichael B. Gousie
Professor of Computer Science