Upload the document: Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong (Ocean Vuong, 2015) into the Voyant interface: url https://voyant-tools.org/-, then press the "Reveal" button. Discuss your impressions of the visualization. Experiment with the interface until you feel comfortable. Here is a guide to the different tools on Voyant: https://voyant-tools.org/docs/#!/guide/tools. Practice with the different settings on the visualization. Save the url for later access.
Now, upload the following document to Voyant: Mrs. Spring Fragrance. (This is ONLY the first short story in the collection: Mrs Spring Fragrance).
Workshop-Divide into groups: Take notes and reflect in writing on the following questions and prompts:
Voyant: Interpretation and Misinterpretation
Copy the url of the e-book, and paste it into the appropriate window in the Voyant interface. Press the load button.
Allow the visualizer to load. After it loads, what impression does it give you? What words do you see that are not relevant to the book as a work of literature -i.e., publication information, or metadata? What other words would you discount in importance, if any, ex. “the, an”? Look at the tutorial and try playing with “stopwords”-that is the tool Voyant gives you to decide whether to discount words and remove them from your visualization. Determine the necessary stopwords to use in this instance, and keep a list of the terms you delete from the list provided by Voyant.
Reload the visualization. What is your impression of the words in the visualizer? Which words seem most important? Would you still delete any, and if so, why?
Choose a different text from Project Gutenberg. Select all and COPY all of the text in the doc. In a blank doc file, PASTE all the text, then save the document. Then clean up the document-i.e., remove anything you don’t want Voyant to consider-i.e., the source of the text, e.g., the site it is found on, licensing information, etc. You also might choose to delete the table of contents and the preface- the “paratextual” information. Or even consider just one part of the text-like, a poem, short story or a book chapter. It is your choice.
Then upload your document to Voyant.
Discussion Questions: Reflect in writing and perform interactive tasks. The platform in which the writing is presented can be up to the individual instructor if direct map annotation is not suitable.
Hover over "?" for Tools menu.
Export for later access to DV and annotations.
DQ: What impression do you get from the Dreamscape Visualization? How does it interact with the story, "Mrs. Spring Fragrance"? How does it interact with your own chosen text? Do you think the "Dreamscape" enhances or detracts from your understanding of the story, and why?
Are you getting an accurate impression? In the MSF Dreamscape example, look at the way the word "Lao" is used in the text as opposed to the way it is used on the map. What about "San Jose"? To improve the accuracy of the Dreamscape, try using the "Select Alternative Location" button directly on the map by clicking on a pin.
Critique questions of accuracy and context in this data visualization. What might make a text better adapted to this sort of DV? What might make it difficult? How might you edit a text so that it would be better adapted to this exercise?