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The following posts feature recent Transliteracies research projects, reports, events, or highlights. (These items also rotate through the “Current Research Highlights” panel at the top of the sidebar on the home page of this site.)

Visualization Ecologies: RoSE Research Paper

“Visualization Ecologies: RoSE Research Paper” by Lilly Nguyen.

About the Author: Lilly Nguyen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Her research interests explore cultural dynamics of knowledge circulation in postcolonial contexts. She is especially interested in the moral economies of software and methodological questions of data representation and its narratives. She is currently writing her dissertation on the modes of hybridity that emerge through the encounter between free and open source software and pirated software in Vietnam. She previously received her bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Transliteracies Research Paper PDF Version PDF version of the research report.

I. Introduction

The overarching goal for this visualization research paper was to make recommendations for future visualization strategies. Based on conversations with RoSE colleagues, colleagues at UCLA, and others in the digital media research community, this report provides an overview of three types of visualization strategies: network mapping, poetics and composite portraitures, and tagging. While these three are neither mutually exclusive nor exhaustive approaches to visualization, they collectively represent a range of approaches that are feasible to implement. Additionally, these three may cohere into a kind of visualization ecology and initiate discussion for future strategies and prioritization for visualization development. (more…)

Narrative as Metadata

Research Report by Eric Chuk

(created 3/17/10)

Related Categories:


We have seen RoSE grow into a linked collection of references to documents and people of various eras, and we know intuitively that each of these entities, living or not, has a story, has significance. Or more precisely, we can study and ascribe meaning to them separately and in clusters. Doing so might also be called a form of storytelling, or making sense of the data by tracing a certain vantage point or line of inquiry. The very acts of telling and seeing have deep ties to narratology. (more…)



Zotero is an information manager that, as an extension for Firefox, facilitates storing citation information, clipping, and sorting research material on the web. Funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Zotero is a product of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The public beta version of Zotero 1.0 launched on October 5, 2006, while the most recent version went live in May 2009.


WorldCat Identities


In 2007, WorldCat, the union catalog of some 71,000 libraries that participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), implemented WorldCat Identities, which provides a summary page for every name in WorldCat. WorldCat currently includes over 30 million names of authors, filmmakers, fictional characters, actors, and other subjects of published works. The project team, led by Thomas Hickey, included Ralph LeVan, Tom Dehn, and Jenny Toves. It is currently in its Beta stage.


Santa Barbara Area Guide

Cafes & Patisseries

Renaud’s Patisserie and Bistro (baked goods, breakfast)Santa Barbara
3315 State St.
(805) 569-2400

Fresco Café and Bakery
3987 State St., Suite B
(805) 967-6073

Coffee Cat
1201 Anacapa St. (Corner of Anacapa and W. Anapamu)
(805) 962-7164

Jitters Coffee
728 State St.
(805) 617-3313

Light Fare

Panino (Sandwiches)
834 Santa Barbara St.
(805) 963-3700

Sojourner Café (Vegetarian/Vegan)
134 E. Canon Perdido St.
(805) 965-7922

The Natural Café (Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Tex-Mex)
508 State St.
(805) 962-9494

Pacific Crepes
705 Anacapa Street
(805) 882-1123


Tupelo Junction Café (Southern, also serves breakfast and brunch)
1218 State St.
(805) 899-3100

Opal Restaurant and Bar
1325 State St.
(805) 966-9676

Brewhouse (Also good happy hour)
229 W. Montecito St.
(805) 884-4664


McConnell’s Ice Cream, etc.
201 W. Mission
(805) 569-2323

Crushcakes Cupcakery
1215 Anacapa St.
(805) 963-9353


Elsie’s Tavern
117 W. De La Guerra St., Between Chapala and De La Vina
(805) 963-4503

The Press Room (Pub)
Ortega, Between State St. and Anacapa

Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
18 E. Ortega St.
(805) 568-0702


Santa Barbara Courthouse
1100 Anacapa Street
Historic, Spanish style building that is open to the public. Free tours offered daily (except Sunday) at 2pm, at the information booth.

Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna St.
Established in 1786, the SB Mission is the 10th of 21 California Missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans, and is still in use today with services still being held weekly. Entrance and self-guided tours, 9a-5p, daily: $5, $4 for seniors, $1 for children 5-15

Casa de la Guerra
15 E. De la Guerra St. (half a block off of State St.)
Built in 1819, this is the house of one of the most wealthy and influential citizens of Santa Barbara, the fifth Presidio comandante, José de la Guerra. Central to Santa Barbara civic and social life, and now is open as a museum. Hours are Sat. and Sun. 12p-4p. Admission is $5.


Santa Barbara Downtown Waterfront Shuttle
The Downtown Waterfront Shuttle is sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara to provide frequent bus service along the busy State Street and Waterfront area. Downtown Waterfront Shuttle buses (marked with the blue and black sailboat symbol) travel on State Street from Sola Street to Stearns Wharf. There is a 25 cent fare.

(For parking in Santa Barbara for the charrette dinners, see Where to Park in Downtown Santa Barbara.)

Greg Pollock

Graduate Student, English Dept., UC Santa Cruz

Technology for Presenters and Participants at the Charrette

RoSE logo

The Transliteracies RoSE Design Charrette on February 26, 2010, will occur in Bren Hall in rooms 1424 (plenary sessions) and 1520 and 3526 (breakout sessions).

Bren Hall 1424Bren Hall 1424Room 1424, which seats about 65 at tables, has a podium equipped with an in-place PC that feeds dual projectors (one on each side of the room) plus a big-screen video at the back of the room (for the benefit of presenters). Also available is a video-cam overhead projector rig (for showing paper, books, transparencies) that can be fed to the digital projectors. The VGA cable can be hooked up to to laptops instead of the in-place PC (please bring your own Mac dongle, though we will try to have some available). Sound is also available. Software on the in-place PC includes Firefox and the Microsoft Office 2003 suite (so presenters will need to have PowerPoints in .ppt format, not .pptx). We have verified that the Firefox browser has plug-ins for Flash and PDF, and that Java is working on the machine.

Rooms 1520 and 3526 are seminar rooms seating between about 25 and 35. They each have a podium with an in-place PC feeding a single projector. A VGA cable can be hooked up to a laptop instead.

Bren Hall runs on its own wired as well as wireless network connection to the Internet (not the normal UCSBnet wireless on campus). We will have a special, temporary login for the wireless on the day of the event (we will make the login info available on location), so all participants should be able to be on the net. There are also plenty of power outlets distributed around the floor of Room 1424, most of which we are told are working.

(Note: Presenters at the podium should be aware that if you use a laptop instead of the in-place PC, you cannot use Ethernet for the net connection because of the special Bren network. You will need to go wireless instead.)

We have set up an Event Wiki for real-time online support for the charrette—e.g., a forum and/or a space to post photos (including photos of any whiteboarding at the breakout sessions).


Research Report by Renee Hudson

(created 1/30/2010; version 1.0)

Related Categories: Social Networking Systems | Tools for Analyzing Social Networks| Online Knowledge Bases | Text Visualization


On March 9, 2007, Metaweb Technologies unveiled Freebase.com, an open database that pulls information from public sources like Wikipedia, MusicBrainz, Netflix, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Like a wiki, Freebase also allows users to add their own content to contribute to the knowledge base of the website. However, unlike search engines that point a user toward a list of websites, Freebase connects users with clusters of information that emphasize relationships among pieces of data.


RoSE Design Charrette: Location & Directions

RoSE Design Charrette Participants

RoSE logoThe following Transliteracies faculty participants, invited respondents, graduate-student research assistants, and other guests are participating in the RoSE Design Charrette on February 26, 2010 (see Schedule). (more…)

Eric Nebeker

Lecturer, English Dept., UC Santa Barbara

Jeremy Snow

Graduate Student, History Dept., UC Santa Cruz

Rama Hoetzlein

Graduate Student, Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara

Julia Panko

Graduate Student, English Dept., UC Santa Barbara

Ivana Andjelkovic

Graduate Student, Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara

Suggested RoSE Logos


RoSE Design Charrette Schedule


RoSE Beta Application

Currently in beta development, RoSE is open to Transliteracies participants, guests, and others involved in project development or critique. It is hosted on the server of the Media Arts and Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara. At present, RoSE is a working demonstration; it is not implemented at a production scale.

(Go to RoSE application)

RoSE Design Charrette (Feb. 26, 2010): Event Guide

Bren SchoolTransliteracies faculty members from multiple University of California campuses and invited guests from corporations and other universities are participating on February 26, 2010, at UC Santa Barbara in a full-day design charrette. The morning is devoted to presenting, brainstorming, and critiquing RoSE. In the afternoon, breakout groups focus on some of the critical research problems of socially-mediated computing and knowledge production—including expertise and networked public knowledge, data-mining and visualization of social networks, information credibility, fluid ontologies and metadata for social and historical research, and online reading and research environments.

RoSE Prospectus

When it began in 2000, the Transliteracies Project took on the broad topic of “the technological, social, and cultural practices of online reading.” Several years of work now leads Transliteracies to focus on a specific, high-value research-and-development direction—one that positions online reading as a new kind of research activity positioned in a sweet spot between academic and mainstream information practices.  This direction is challenging enough to drive next-generation research on online reading environments, and is distinct from (even as it complements) related research projects.

RoSE Development Team

The following graduate-student researchers on multiple University of California campuses worked on RoSe with project director Alan Liu during 2008-2010:

RoSE Developer Resources


RoSE Research Reports

The following, selected Transliteracies research reports helped guide the development of the RoSE project.

(Also see the full set of Transliteracies research reports.)


RoSE Visualization Concepts

RoSE developer Ivana Andjelkovic created several different concept visualizations of RoSE to depict the different ways we can understand the relationships between people and documents. Supplemented by social-network diagrams concepts, these evolved into the current set of RoSE visualizations (created with the conceptual and/or programming assistance of RoSE developers Rama Hoetzlein, Salman Bakht, and Lilly Nguyen).


The following are Transliteracies partners or affiliates that have had a role in the development of the RoSE Project. (more…)



MediaCommons is a project led by Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Avi Santo currently in development at USC as part of the Institute for the Future of the Book.  The project is a network for media scholars and students, providing access to scholarship beyond traditional peer-reviewed journals in the form of wikis, blogs, journals, and other digital media.  A major goal of the project is to re-imagine the scholarly press as a social network through which scholars can, via the affordances of digital network technologies, produce new knowledge about their specific fields.  As it stands, MediaCommons also has two projects in development, In Media Res and MediaCommonsPress.


David Kim

Graduate Student, Information Studies, UC Los Angeles

Charlotte Becker

Graduate Student, English Dept., UC Santa Barbara

Developer Staff

Currently, the developer staff includes graduate students from several UC campuses and disciplines, including English, Information Studies, Media Arts and Technology, and Visual Studies.

Ivana Andjelkovic
Charlotte Becker

Salman Bahkt
Erik Chuk
Anne Cong-Huyen
Chris Hagenah
Rama Hoetzlein
Pehr Hovey
Renee Hudson
David Kim
Bola King
Eric Nebeker
Lilly Nguyen
Greg Pollock
Jeremy Snow
Arden Stern
Lindsay Thomas