I am writing as I take the ferry from Victoria back to Seattle so tomorrow I will take a flight home. The view is amazing layers—blue sky and wisps of clouds above angular snowy mountain peaks, above puffs of clouds, above the curves of piney hills shrouded in mist, above sails and trees dotting the shore, above glassy blue water.
The week and the workshop/conference has gone quickly. I’ve seen a lot, and have dipped into a menu of many digital tools, though very superficially. Most seem like toys. I can see some of the usefulness of visualizations—basically glorified graphs (some of which are very cool, and move, or can be manipulated to reveal more data)—in expressing results or getting people to understand data, or read a text in a different way, but we didn’t dive into ways of using digital tools to analyze data as much as I would have liked. It seems as if the line between express and to analyze was blurred/ignored, but there is a key difference. In the first case, we have the answers already but arrange them in a pretty way, and in the other, we find the answers, pretty or not. There were a few light collocation tools, but many more databases and digital books, digital maps, and digital collections, either already made or tools to make them.