Elijah Meeks works in the Stanford Library supporting digital humanities scholarship. This includes the use of network analysis, spatial analysis, text analysis, and interactive data visualization to represent historical, literary, and classical phenomena. His work has included Kindred Britain, ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Transportation Network Model of the Roman World, and The Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty.
As information visualization methods mature, we see a growth of information visualization integrated with traditional linear text narrative. This is especially important in the development of research and publication methods for humanities scholarship, where scholars have traditionally relied entirely on text narrative without even static figures or maps. The growth of digital humanities, with its integration of spatial analysis, text analysis, and network analysis into the study of traditional topics in history, literature, philosophy and classics, has spurred the development of approaches that more directly tie interactive information visualization with text narrative.
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