A bit of a late report this time as on Friday afternoon I attended the launch of the ‘Seeing Speech’ project (http://www.seeingspeech.arts.gla.ac.uk/uti/). This really is a fascinating project featuring thousands of ultrasound and MRI based video clips of the vocal tract during speech. The launch itself was hugely interesting, showing the historical context of the study of phonetics and also how researchers through the 20th century and earlier used x-rays and other techniques to investigate how speech organs moved during sound production. Fascinating stuff, and the video clips produced by the project will no doubt be hugely useful for future research.
Other than attending the project launch I spent pretty much all of the week working on the website and visualisations for the mapping metaphor project. I can’t really publish the URLs of my test versions yet as they contain incomplete data from the project, but both the interface and the visualisations are coming along pretty well. This week I created a completely new interface for the project, a fairly minimalistic design that I think is nicely clear and crisp. I also completely reworked how data accessed from the visualisation gets displayed. Rather than having a ‘hover’ style pop-up when you click on a node, the information now appears in a side panel that is ‘fixed’ in place when the browser window is scrolled.
I made a few further tweaks to the visualisations too, including colour coding the nodes on the aggregated graph, depending on whether they are in the ‘Earth’, ‘Mind’ or ‘Society’ categories, highlighting the sections that are within the selected category in the main map and providing navigation pathways to other categories that are linked to the one you are looking at. The big thing left to try and implement now is the time slider, which I will look into next week.