As I have already explained, we were at the HDH2015 & EADH Day at UNED in Madrid, last week. Besides some classic summary, when I was in the conference, I had the idea (inspired by Scott Weingart and his posts about DH conferences) about trying to condense the data about participants and visualize it in order to understand better some tendencies of the conference.
So I grabbed the program of the conference and I took the information (gender, institution and place) of the speakers. I took the information only from this program, so if the information was missing, I didn’t search for it somewhere else (as you can understand). I have also put together the information about HDH and eadhDay since there was a continuity of the programs. I haven’t compare the names of the people to discriminate if they have spoken once or more times; so, if someone have spoken several times, this is counted as different people.
Probably doing this I have done some mistakes; maybe you are reading this, you work somewhere, you did speak at the conference but your place is not in the visualizations. For that I am sorry; write us a comment and I will try to amend the information.
Let’s start with gender, a topic that I have already mentioned and that was also discussed at the conference.
Now, let’s see the distribution of participant by the University where they work:
In the chart are not all the Universities, only those who sent at least 3 speakers (so we are able to read the names in the chart). The University with most participants was the UNED, which is not a surprise since they hosted the conference. But I have to say that the next Universities wouldn’t have been my first guesses. The great majority are Universities from Spain, but we also see other European and American centres (among them Würzburg!).
Now let’s see about the speakers sort by cities where they work. And this is an important distinction: this are not the cities where the speakers come from, but where they work. I am an example of that: I studied in Madrid, but now I am working in Würzburg, Germany.
Again, Madrid as first position is not a surprise, but it is that Palmas de Gran Canaria comes before Barcelona, for example. It is also interesting that the 5th position is hold by Paris and that we find three German Universities: Hamburg, Cologne and Würzburg.
Of course, if we visualize cities, we should also use maps! So I have used the Dariah Geo-browser and the results are:
Let’s see Spain and Europe a little bit closer:
As we can see, the biggest circles are of course in Spain, some circles distributed in America and there are also a lot of circles in Western Europe.
So, what happen if we organize this information by country?
As happened with UNED and Madrid, it is not surprising that Spain comes first. I would have expected United States, United Kingdom or France as second country, but actually is Germany, an interesting surprise that emphasize the tradition of strong relationships between Germany and Culture in Spanish.
It was also interesting to see that a great amount of people working abroad are actually Spanish that moved to other countries in the past. The HDH2015 & eadhDay were great opportunities to know each other and get in touch.