Starting date: Jan. 28, 2015
What it covers: Information Visualization is taught by Katy Borner, director of Indiana University's Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, with assistance by Scott B. Weingart, a Ph.D. student in information science and history of science, and Michael Ginda, a graduate and research assistant at the center. The course covers algorithms for extracting patterns and trends from data as well as major temporal, geospatial and other visualization techniques. Students collaborate on projects for real-world clients -- by way of example, project topics in the previous iteration of the course included the Human Genome Project and Wikipedia.
Every student who registers for this 15-week course course gains free access to IU's scholarly database of 26 million paper, patent and grant records, and to Sci² Tool, a modular toolset that supports the temporal, geospatial, and topical network analysis and visualization of scholarly datasets. An in-course forum encourages interaction with other students, and a unique hashtag allows students to share their visualizations via Flickr.
Details: Materials from the 2014 class are available as an example on the course website through November 2014. The 2015 course will incorporate updated materials and videos and feature new gaming elements designed to encourage student participation.