Students taking the University of Edinburgh’s Data Science for Design course, run by Dr Benjamin Bach, have been using Library datasets to learn about, and create, data visualisations.


Visualising Scottish School Exam Papers

Anastasia Athanatou, Yidan Yuan, Yongchang Zhu, Jingyi Chu explored the Scottish School Exam Papers collection through different data visualisation techniques.

Their website, designed as a data comic, explores aspects of the Exam Papers, including the changes in topics which were examined over time, the locations referenced in the collections, the most popular author referenced in exam papers (can you guess who it is?) and gender bias in the way in which exam subjects are communicated and assessed.

Anastasia Athanatou, Yidan Yuan, Yongchang Zhu, Jingyi Chu’s visualisation of the Scottish School Exam papers includes an analysis of gender bias in the collection

Visit the website: Scottish School Exam Papers data visualisation website


Britain and UK Handbooks as data visualisations

How does Britain represent itself to the outside world? Chloe Lei, Mingyang Dong, Svenja Vieker and Jenny Tang visualised the Britain and UK Handbooks collection, creating a website exploring word frequency and length of the handbooks over time.

The website also includes a quiz and a timeline providing historical context, as well as a map, explaining which areas were most frequently referenced.

Chloe Lei, Mingyang Dong, Svenja Vieker and Jenny Tang produced a video of their website

Visit the website: Britain and UK Handbooks data visualisation website

Explore the code: Britain and UK Handbooks project GitLab pages


Spatial visualisation of Encyclopaedia Britannica

Students Yun Zhao, Xuanxuan Du, Ang Xu and Zhipei Li explore 100 years of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Their project has a particular focus on how different geographic regions were presented in the Encyclopaedia, and how this changed over time.

Their website also includes some overview statistics, such as word frequency counts and the longest word in each edition of the Encyclopaedia

Video of Yun Zhao, Xuanxuan Du, Ang Xu and Zhipei Li’s data visualisation website

Visit the website: Encyclopaedia Britannica data visualisation website

Explore the code: Encyclopaedia Britannica project GitHub pages


Find out more

More information about the Data Fair: Data Fair 2020 website


Which datasets did these projects use?

These projects used Encyclopaedia Britannica, Scottish School Exam Papers and Britain and UK Handbooks

Britain and UK Handbooks on the Data Foundry website

Scottish School Exam Papers on the Data Foundry website

Encyclopaedia Britannica on the Data Foundry website