Below are some sample location heat maps based on data from Dr. Walton’s “Stories of Oil & Land” oral history project, which was funded by BTNEP.
Students in Dr. Banville’s ENGL 467 “Digital Rhetorics: Digital Making” course have been entering data from the oral history project into a Google Fusion Table and are working on a variety of visualizations based on that data. The heat maps below are based on preliminary data entry. The heat maps below are based on the current location of the oral history project’s subjects. We still have data to enter, proofread, and markup.
One of our goals for visualizing the data from the “Oil & Land” oral history project is to put the Bayou Region on the map so to speak–to locate the people of the Bayou Region and allow people to see that the Bayou Region exists and where it is. Other visualizations will allow people to understand who the people of the Bayou Region are–jobs, recreation, religious beliefs, education, etc. Later iterations of the visualizations will be interactive, allowing users to select a variety of filters–location, religion, industry, recreation activities, etc. and create visualizations–maps, charts, and graphs that show the relationship among different nodes and thus who and where the people of the Bayou Region are.