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The VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization was initiated in 2017 as a place for scholars who want to discover ways to collect and generate diverse forms of ethnographic data using the widening array of visual tools that can enhance intelligibility and insight into the complexities of the present. Located in the Department of Anthropology, we are eager to collaborate with researchers across the Princeton campus who employ ethnography as a key research method.

The VizE Lab offers consultations and workshops and lab resources for researchers who want to:

  • collect big data sets and analyze the hidden relationships in the data
  • use data visualizations techniques to analyze and express complexities
  • plan, produce and edit ethnographic documentaries, video clips and podcasts
  • present or collaborate on visual projects in a comfortable interactive workshop setting   
  • develop online data repositories for collaboration and dissemination 
  • create an ethnographic data management plan for research proposals and IRB protocols
  • use visualization techniques as a strategy for teaching cultural analysis and ethnographic methods 

The VizE Lab is an interdisciplinary hub for all researchers interested in research with and the design of ethnographic media. In VizE Lab Salon meetings, participants present research techniques, discuss ethnographic productions, and gather feedback on works in progress. The Salon provides a site of critical reflection on new models of ethnography. 

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The VizE Lab has initiated the first of a series of research projects to be based in Philadelphia, in collaboration with a number of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. The Visualizing Philadelphia project combines a range of data sources, from giant longitudinal datasets of physiological records, to environmental and socio-economic data, and eventually person-centered ethnographic film and interviews. In the pilot project, we are exploring new possibilities for visualizing these data sets, and moreover, to use visualization to reveal the relationships between and give new insights into the dynamics between social conditions and physiology. 

Contact Jeffrey Himpele with your interest in our services, resources and research collaborations.

Email us to add your name to the VizE Lab mailing list.


VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization
320 Aaron Burr Hall

Contact Us:  vizelab@princeton.edu