Data visualization is very useful when trying to make a huge amount of data have the biggest impact as possible. Synthesizing into charts has been very useful, and has even made major changes in the way different civilizations do things. For example, Florence Nightingale, compiled data in a pie chart that effectively show cased how most soldier were dying from infection rather than combat. (Allen) She is an example of how “advocates for various causes have also embraced visualization as a medium for communicating the breadth and depth of the problems they seek to communicate and, ultimately, solve.” (Allen) Her analysis, and synthesis of data showcases how powerful data visualization tools can be.

Archaeologists used data visualization tools to retain the information that is lost is when they removed the artifacts from their physical context. (Unsworth) Data visualizations that include detailed maps, and layouts of where and how these different objects were found provides information on their age and the dates and times of the various livings sites they were found by or in. This data collected by archaeologists can be used in an even more extraordinary manner, such as creating a virtual city.

An architectural firm in Newcastle has done just that when it created a three-dimensional view of the colony of Newcastle in Australia. The details, and layout of the city are incredible. They used archival maps, archaeological information, and GIS to create it. (Ray) This immersive and interactive portrayal of historical information illustrates exactly where history can, and is going.


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