The Live Data project, based in the IT Services Research Support team, aims to support academics in creating interactive visualisations using a variety of cloud-based services.
The project recently worked with Félix Krawatzek, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics, to build a visualisation of his research data to accompany an article in the web-based publication The Conversation.
Félix’s research involves looking at German migration to the US, and includes computer-aided textual analysis of about 6,000 letters sent between the two countries between 1830 and 1970. The Live Data Project developed a set of Shiny apps which show where the letters were sent from and to: in addition to the world map which is linked to from the article, more detailed maps of Europe and America are also available.
As part of the Research Support team’s drive to make the fruit of their labours as openly available for reuse as possible, the code for the Shiny apps has been released via GitHub, along with a template Shiny app that others can use to visualise similar data.
Felix became aware of the possibility of working with the Live Data Project through the Live Data SIG – the project team remains interested in hearing from other researchers who would like support in producing visualisations.
Read the article in The Conversation: ‘Writing home: how German immigrants found their place in the US’, by Félix Krawatzek and Gwendolyn Sasse.