Transforming Data: Cultural Strategies in Datamining
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5517
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Data visualization consists of the visual representation of abstract data. Through presentations, readings, and discussions, this course introduces concepts and methods of data mining, data aggregation, and their subsequent expression through visualization. In addition to giving an overview of data visualization, the course includes a practical component in which students are introduced to modules for datamining a data set of over 50 million entries culled from the transactions at a major American library. This data is representative of titles of books, DVDs, CDs and other media checked out by the general public since 2005 and has been collected with the intent to identify changes in the library's role during the past 6 years as it underwent transformations due to the increasing influence of the Internet as a cultural site traditionally occupied by the library. Students are introduced to basic programming in the open source language Processing and the relational database management system MySQL. Some programming experience is desirable but not necessary.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Class open to graduate students only.