On Close and Distant Reading in Digital Humanities: A Survey and Future Challenges

S. Jänicke, Greta Franzini, M. F. Cheema, G. Scheuermann

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We present an overview of the last ten years of research on visualizations that support close and distant reading of textual data in the digital humanities. We look at various works published within both the visualization and digital humanities communities. We provide a taxonomy of applied methods for close and distant reading, and illustrate approaches that combine both reading techniques to provide a multifaceted view of the data. Furthermore, we list toolkits and potentially beneficial visualization approaches for research in the digital humanities. Finally, we summarize collaboration experiences when developing visualizations for close and distant reading, and give an outlook on future challenges in that research area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) (2015)
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventEurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) (2015) - Cagliari
Duration: 25 May 201529 May 2015


ConferenceEurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) (2015)


  • close reading
  • digital humanities
  • distant reading
  • survey
  • visualization


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