Cultural Analytics / Software Studies

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Overview

The Software Studies Initiative was founded by Lev Monovich, UCSD Professor of Visual Arts, in 2007. Whereas traditional data analysis works with numbers and text, SSI uses visualization techniques in visual and interactive media to explore the possibility of meaningful patterns in mass collections of cultural data. The goal of SSI is to use this data to ask questions about culture.

History

In 2007, Lev Monovish set up the Software Studies Initiative lab at University of California, San Diego. The project is inclusive of a number of different mediums: visualization of art, film, animation, video games, magazines, comics, manga, and others. The lab uses image sets, including 4535 covers of Time magazine and 320,000 Flickr images as well as one million manga pages.

The Software Studies Initiative released Image Plot in September 2011, a tool that allowsusers to render collections of images and video of mass size asvisualizations.

Audience

Purpose

The Software Studies Initiative was created to help promote the emerging field of Software Studies.

Significance

Technologies

Technologies involved include Image Plot, a tool used to explore patterns in massive image collections; PowerWall Presenter, a representation of the humanities via gigapixel display; CommentPress 1.4.1, a blogging software extension as well as various other software tools.

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