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Selected Readings

General (multimedia scholarship, digital scholarship)

Digital Humanities Manifesto, version 1.0 and 2.0.

Anderson, S. (2007) Regeneration: Multimedia Genres and Emerging Scholarship (PDF). Institute for Multimedia Literacy.

Ball, C.E. (2012) Assessing Scholarly Multimedia: A Rhetorical Genre Studies Approach. Technical Communication Quarterly 21 (2012) 61–77.

Barish, S. & Daley, E. (2009) Multimedia Scholarship for the Twenty-First Century (PDF).

Bertschi, S. et al. (2013) What Is Knowledge Visualization? Eight Reflections on an Evolving Discipline. In: Marchese, F.T. & Banissi, E. (eds.) Knowledge Visualization Currents. From Text to Art to Culture, p. 13-32: Springer.

Borgman, C. L. (2007) Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet. Cambridge (MA.): MIT Press [Google books].

Borgman, C. L. (2009) Scholarship in the Digital Age: Blurring the Boundaries between the Sciences and the Humanities (PDF, slides).

Breure, L. (2013) Visual Culture and Scholarly Communication.

Burgess, H.J. & Hamming, J. (2011) New Media in the Academy: Labor and the Production of Knowledge in Scholarly Multimedia. Digital Humanities Quarterly 5.3 (2011).

Elkins, J. (2008) Visual Literacy . New York, Oxon: Routledge.

Elkins, J. (2013) Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction [Kindle Edition]. New York, London: Routledge.

Fink, J.L. and Bourne, P.E. (2007) Reinventing Scholarly Communication for the Electronic Age. CTWatch Quarterly 3:3 (2007).

Flanders, J. (2009) The Productive Unease of 21st-century Digital Scholarship. Digital Humanities Quarterly 3:3 (2009).

Friedmann, A. (2010) Writing for Visual Media, 3rd edition Amsterdam etc.: Elsevier / Focal Press [Google books, also available at Scribd].

Gross, A.G. (2013) Science from Sight to Insight: How Scientists Illustrate Meaning. Chicago, London: University Of Chicago Press.

Jewitt, C. (2005) Multimodality, "Reading", and "Writing" for the 21st Century. Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education 26:3 (2005) p. 315-331.

Kosara, R. (2007) Visualization Criticism – The Missing Link Between Information Visualization and Art. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Information Visualisation (IV) (IEEEXplore), p. 631–636.

Kress, G and Leeuwen, T van (2006) Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design, 2nd edition. London, New York: Routledge [Google books].

LaSapina, J.A. (2014) The Visual Turn and the Transformation of the Textbook [Kindle Edition]. Routledge.

Lunenfeld, P., Burdick, A., Drucker, J., Presner, T. & Schnapp, J. (2012) Digital_Humanities: MIT Press, Cambridge (MA.), London.

Mayer, R. (2001) Multi-Media Learning. Cambridge University Press.

Mayer, R.E. (2014) Research-Based Principles for Designing Multimedia Instruction. In: V.A. Benassi, C.E. Overson, C.M. Hakala (eds.) Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum, p. 59-70.

Rieger, O.Y. (2010) Framing digital humanities: The role of new media in humanities scholarship. First Monday 15:10 (2010).

Robison, W., Boisjoly, R., Hoeker, D. & Young, S., Representation and Misrepresentation: Tufte and the Morton Thiokol Engineers on the Challenger (PDF). Science and Engineering Ethics, 8:1 (2002) p. 59–81.

Ursyn, A. & Banissi, E. (2012) Selected Ideas and Methods in Knowledge Visualization. International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics (IJCICG) 3:2 (2012) p. 1-7. An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business. This e-learning site focuses on a critical, but often neglected skill for business, communication, and engineering students, namely visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations.

Walsh, M. (2010) Multimodal literacy: What does it mean for classroom practice? Australian Journal of Language and Literacy 33:3 (2010) p. 211–239.

Data Visualization

Agrin, N. & Rabinowitz, N. (2013) Seven dirty secrets of data visualisation. Net, February, 18, 2013.

Breure, L., Landman, W., Spruit, A.G.L. & Voorbij, J.B. (2008). Modeling Portals for Cultural Landscapes. In J. Trant & D. Bearman (Eds.), Museums and the Web 2008: Selected Papers from an International Conference, p. 141-151. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics.

Breure, L. & Voorbij, J.B. (2008). Visualization Patterns for Cultural Landscapes. In M. Ashley, S. Hermon, A. Proença & K. Rodriguez-Echavarria (Eds.), The 9th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage VAST (2008): Workshops, Short and Project Papers Proceedings, p. 91-96. Braga: Departamento de Informatica, Universidade do Minho, Braga.

Drucker, J. (2011) Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display. Digital Humanities Quarterly 5:1 (2011)

Elwood, S. (2011) Geographic Information Science: Visualization, visual methods, and the geoweb. Progress in Human Geography 35:3 (2011) p. 401-408.

Friedman, V. (2007) Data Visualization: Modern Approaches. Smashing Magazine August 2 (2007).

Globus, A. (1994) Principles of Information Display for Visualization Practitioners.

Hienert, D (2014) A Model for the Integration of Interactive Visualizations into the Process of Information Searching and Linking on the Web. Historical Social Research 39:3 (2014) p. 179-192.

Hienert, D (2014) Grundlagen der Informationssuche, Informationsvisualisierung und Informationsverarbeitung für die Integration von interaktiven Visualisierungen in die Websuche. Historical Social Research 39:3 (2014) p. 193-285.

Kosara, R, (2012) The Changing Goals of Data Visualization. EagerEyes November 25 (2012).

Segel, E. & Heer, J. (2010) Narrative Visualization: Telling Stories with Data. Visualization and Computer Graphics 16:6 (2010).

Smith, F. (2007) Intelligent Designs. When information needs to be communicated, Edward Tufte demands both truth and beauty. Stanford Magazine March/April (2007).

Tufte, E.R (2001) [1983] The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2nd ed. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

Tufte, E.R (2006), Beautiful Evidence, Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

Watson, R.T. (2012) Data Visualization (iBook-based PDF).

Visual Presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, etcetera)

Alley, M. (2003) The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid: Springer (related website).

Alley, M. (2004) Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: The Assertion-Evidence Structure.

Atkinson, C. (2005) Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire. Redmond (WA): Microsoft Press.

Conboy, C., Fletcher, S., Russell, K. & Wilson, M. () An Evaluaton of the Potential Use and Impact of Prezi, the Zooming Editor Software, as a Tool to Facilitate Learning in Higher Education. Innovations in Practice 7 (2012) p. 31-45.

Doumont, J-L. (2009) Trees, Maps, and Theorems: Effective Communication for Rational Minds. Kraainem: Principiae (sample pages).

Friedman, A. (2014) The relationship between research method and visual display: a study of conference proceedings in the field of knowledge organization. Information Research 19:4 (2014).

Lichtschlag, L., Hess, T., Karrer, T. & Borchers, J. (2012) Canvas presentations in the wild. In CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '12) p. 537-540 (about Prezi).

Tufte, E. R. (2006) The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within, 2nd edition. Cheshire (CT): Graphics Press.

Tufte, E.R (2003) PowerPoint is Evil. Wired, September 11 (2003).

Visual Narrative (digital storytelling, interactive documents)

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling [website, University of Houston].

Almeida, A. & Alvelos, H. (2010) An Interactive Documentary Manifesto. In: Aylett et al.(eds.) Interactive Storytelling, p. 123-128 (see below).

Aston, J. & Gaudenzi, S. (2012) Interactive documentary: setting the field. Studies in Documentary Film 6:2 (2012) p. 125-139.

Aylett, R., Lim, M., Louchart, S., Petta, P. & Riedl, M. (eds.) Interactive Storytelling. Third Joint Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2010 Edinburgh, UK, November 1-3, 2010 Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 6432: Springer.

Bühling, R., Wißner, M. & André, E. (2011) Visual Communication in Interactive Multimedia. In: Dickmann, L. et al. (eds.) Smart Graphics. Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 6815, p. 159-162: Springer.

Castells, A. G. (2012) The case of Guernika, pintura de Guerra, the first Catalan interactive documentary project. Studies in Documentary Film 6:2 (2012) p. 229–242.

Deuze, M. (2004) What is Multimedia Journalism? Journalism Studies 5:2 (2004) p. 139–152. See also: Multimedia journalism (Wikipedia).

Di Blas, N. & Paolini, P. (2013) Digital Storytelling and Educational Benefits: Evidences from a Large-Scale Project. In: Pan, Z. et al. (eds.) Transactions on Edutainment X. Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 7775, p. 83-101: Springer.

Garcia, M. (2012) iPad Design Lab - Basic: Storytelling in the Age of the Tablet: North Light Books (e-book).

Gelason, B.J. (2012) The Unlimited Textbook - Schools in the Age of the e-Book. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Technology and Business Management March 26-28, 2012, p. 807-811 (PDF).

Hill, C.A. & Helmers, M. (eds.) (2004) Defining Visual Rhetorics: Routledge [Google books].

Kwan-Liu, M. et al. (2012) Scientific Storytelling Using Visualization. Computer Graphics and Applications (IEEE) 32:1 (2012).

Lankow, J., Ritchie, J. & Crooks, R. (2012) Infographics: The power of visual storytelling. Hoboken (N.J.): Wiley [Google books].

Mannay, D. (2016) Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods Application, reflection and ethics: Routledge.

Marsh, E.E. & Domas White, M. (2003) A taxonomy of relationships between images and text. Journal of Documentation, 59:6 (2003) p.647-672

Ostashewski, N. & Reid, D. (2012) Digital Storytelling on the iPad: apps, activities, and processes for successful 21st century story creations. In: Amiel, T. & Wilson, B. (eds.) Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2012, p. 1823-1827. Chesapeake (VA): AACE.

Paul, N. & Fiebich, C. (2005) Elements of Digital Storytelling [website, University of Minnesota].

Ryan, M-L. (2001) Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Ryan, M-L. (2005) Narrative and the Split Condition of Digital Textuality.

Satyanarayan, A. & Heer, J. (2014) Authoring Narrative Visualizations with Ellipsis. In: H. Carr, P. Rheingans & H. Schumann (eds.) Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) 33:3 (2014).

Visualizing Cultures - Image-Driven Scholarship. MIT.

E-publishing (also: enriched publications, rich internet publications)

Duke Digital Initiative Summary Report 2011-2012 (focus on iPad) (PDF).

Executable papers with SHARE (website, part of a proposal for Elsevier's Executable Paper Grand Challenge).

Amritpal, K. (2012) Academics attitude towards E-publishing: A study with reference to universities of Punjab and Chandigarh. Journal of Information Management 49:5 (2012)

Breure, L., Voorbij, H. & Hoogerwerf, M. (2011) Rich Internet Publications: "Show What You Tell", Journal of Digital Information, North America, 12:1 (2011).

Breure, L., Hoogerwerf, M. & Horik, R. van (2014) Xpos’re: A Tool for Rich Internet Publications, Digital Humanities Quarterly 8:2 (2014).

Carreiro, E. (2010) Electronic Books: How Digital Devices and Supplementary New Technologies are Changing the Face of the Publishing Industry. Publishing Research Quarterly 26:4 (2010) p. 219-235.

Dietrich, C. & Sayers, J. (2012) After the Document Model for Scholarly Communication: Some Considerations for Authoring with Rich Media. Digital Studies / Le champs numériqe, 3:2 (2012).

Filak, V.F. (ed. ) (2014) Convergent Journalism: An Introduction: Writing and Producing Across Media. 2nd edition, Burlington, MA: Focal Press.

Fraternali, P., Rossi, G. & Sánchez-Figueroa, F. (2010) Rich Internet Applications. Internet Computing (IEEE) 14:3 (2010) p. 9-12.

Friedman, A. (2015) Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content. Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news. Columbia Journalism Review, February 20, 2015.

Gudaityte, G., Melninkaite, V., Vitkute-Adzgauskiene, D. & Fomin, V.V. (2011) Diminishing Print vs. Rising Electronic Publishing: The Case of Lithuania. In: Building the e-World Ecosystem IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. 11th IFIP WG 6.11 Conference on e-Business, e-Services, and e-Society, I3E 2011, Kaunas, Lithuania, October 12-14, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology vol. 353, p. 129-137: Springer.

Itzkovitch, A. (2012) Interactive eBook Apps: The Reinvention of Reading and Interactivity. UX Magazine 8 (2012) April 12.

Koers, H., Gabriel, A. & and Capone, R. (2013) Executable papers in computer science go live on ScienceDirect. Elsevier Connect, 13 May 2013.

Martin, R. (2012) The road ahead: eBooks, eTextbooks and publishers’ electronic resources. In: Brown, M., Hartnett, M. & Stewart, T. (eds.) Future challenges, sustainable futures. Proceedings ASCALITE, Wellington 2012.

McPherson, T. (2010) Scaling Vectors: Thoughts on the Future of Scholarly Communication. Journal of Electronic Publishing 13:2 (2010).

Mullet. K. (2003), The Essence of Effective Rich Internet Applications (PDF).

Owen, L.H. (2013) NYT to launch "immersive digital magazine" and new food news product, led by Sam Sifton. New York Times (Paid content) July 12 (2013).

Rogobete, C., Peters, G. & Seruga, J. (2012) Cross Media and E-Publishing. International Journal of u- and e-Service, Science and Technology 5:2 (2012) p. 17-29 (PDF).

Štular, B. & Štuhec, S. (2015) 3D Archaeology. Early Medieval Earrings from Kranj (requires Apple iPad or Mac with iBooks or iTunes; interactive features may work best on an iPad).

Stirling, A. & Birt, J. (2013) An enriched multimedia eBook application to facilitate learning of anatomy. Anatomical Sciences Education (2013).

Swoger, B.J.M. (2014) Does the scientific journal have a future? (blog). Scientific American (June 18, 2014).

Thomas, W.G. & Ayers, E.L. (2001) The Differences Slavery Made: Two Communities in the American Civil War. American Historical Review (December 2003). This is an experiment in "born digital" scholarly communication. Read in connection the author's evaluation: W.G. Thomas, Writing A Digital History Journal Article from Scratch: An Account (December 2007). Digital History Project website.

Uzwyshyn, R. (2012) The evolving etextbook landscape: Strategies, platform, innovation. Journal of Digital Media Management 1:1 (2012) p. 69-77.

Warren, J.W. (2010) The Progression of Digital Publishing: Innovation and the E-volution of E-books. International Journal of the Book 7:4 (2010) p.37-54.

Usability (psychological aspects of scholarly multimedia)

Alsudani, F. & Casey, M. (2009) The effect of aesthetics on web credibility. In: Proceedings of the 23rd British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers: Celebrating People and Technology (BCS-HCI '09): British Computer Society, Swinton, UK, p. 512-519.

Budiu R. & Nielsen, J. (2011) iPad App and Website Usability. 2nd Edition: Research Findings a Year After Launch, Fremont (CA): Nielsen Norman Group.

Burmester, M., Mast, T., Tille, R. & Weber, W. (2010) How Users Perceive and Use Interactive Information Graphics: An Exploratory Study. In: Information Visualisation (IV), 2010 14th International Conference, 26-29 July 2010 (IEEEXplore).

Dugonjić, M. (2013) Designing For The Reading Experience (detailed discussion of lettering and fonts). Smashing Magazine, February 18th (2013).

Dennis, A.R. & Valacich, J.S. (1999) Rethinking Media Richness: Towards a Theory of Media Synchronicity. Proceedings of the 32nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, p. 1-10 (PDF).

Few, S. (2013): Data Visualization for Human Perception. In: Soegaard, M. & Dam, R.F. (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd edition. Aarhus, Denmark: The Interaction Design Foundation.

Huang,C-H., Wang, C-M. (2011) Usability Analysis in Gesture Operation of Interactive E-Books on Mobile Devices. In: Marcus, A. (ed.) Design, User Experience, and Usability. Theory, Methods, Tools and Practice. Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 6769 (2011) p. 573-582: Springer.

Kock, N. (2005) Media Richness or Media Naturalness? The Evolution of Our Biological Communication Apparatus and Its Influence on Our Behavior Toward E-Communication Tools. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 48:2 (2005) p. 117-130.

Koutsabasis, P., Vlachogiannis, E. & Darzentas, J.S. (2010) Beyond Specifications: Towards a Practical Methodology for Evaluating Web Accessibility. Journal of Usability Studies 5: 4 (2010) p. 157-171.

MacWilliam, A. (2013) The Engaged Reader. A human-centred evaluation of ebook user experience. Publishing Research Quarterly 29:1 (2013) p. 1-11.

Narayanan, N. H. & Hegarty, M. (2002). Multimedia design for communication of dynamic information. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 57 (2002) p. 279-315 (PDF).

Tversky, B., Bauer Morrison, J., & Betrancourt, M. (2002). Animation, can it facilitate? International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 57 (2002) 247-262 (PDF).

Wells, C. (2012) Do Students Using Electronic Books Display Different Reading Comprehension and Motivation Levels Than Students Using Traditional Print Books?: Liberty University.

Yusof, U.K., Leng Khang Khaw, Hui Yang Ch'ng & Neow, B.J. (2010) Balancing between usability and aesthetics of Web design. In: International Symposium in Information Technology (ITSim), vol. 3, 15-17 June 2010: IEEE Xplore.

Reading online

Flood, A. (2014) Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds. The Guardian, 19 August 2014.

d'Haenens, L., Jankowski, N. & Heuvelman, A. (2004) News in Online and Print Newspapers: Differences in Reader: Consumption and Recall. New Media Society 6 (2004) p. 363-382.

Jabr, F. (2013) The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens. Scientific American, April 2014.

Konnikova, M. (2014) Being a better online reader. The New Yorker, July 16.

Outing, S. (2011) Eyetrack III: What News Websites Look Like Through Readers’ Eyes. Poynter, March 2.

Picton, I. (2014) The Impact of ebooks on the Reading Motivation and Reading Skills of Children and Young People. A rapid literature review (PDF). London: National Library Trust.

Rosenwald, M.S. (2014) Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say. Washington Post, April 6.

Szalavitz, M. (2012) Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? Time, March 14.

Wolf, M. (2008) Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. New York: Harper Perennial.


Cosgrave, M., Dowling, A., Harding, L., O’Brien, R. & and Rohan, O. (2012) Evaluating Digital Scholarship: Experiences in New Programmes at an Irish University. Journal of Digital Humanities 1:4 (2012).

Mattern, S.C. (2012) Evaluating Multimodal Work, Revisited. Journal of Digital Humanities 1:4 (2012).

Warner, A.B. (2007) Assessing the Scholarly Value of Online Texts. Ann Arbor: ProQuest [Google books].

Warner, A.B. (2007) Constructing a Tool for Assessing Scholarly Webtexts, Kairos 21:1 (2007).

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