Visualization of Subjects Discussed In Vietnam Oral Histories at Marshall University

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Visualization of Subjects Discussed In Vietnam Oral Histories at Marshall University

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2020

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Elizabeth James

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While working with large humanistic data sets can create more broadly applicable scholarship, working with small sets of data in one-shot instruction sessions can help students begin to understand the value of working computationally with materials that are traditionally not viewed through a computational lens. For instance, when viewing the interrelated subject data associated with twenty-nine oral histories by Vietnam veterans, students can visibly see the significant overlap in content discussed by veterans and identify broader themes. Using Pyvis and NetworkX to visualize the overlap in content makes it possible for students to discover and compare oral histories that focus on these themes, ultimately creating higher quality scholarship. This visualization was used in a session of a First Year Seminar course for undergraduate students that focused on analyzing propaganda in the Vietnam War as a way of fostering critical thinking and information literacy skills.

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