Visual Analytics

"The science of analytical reasoning facilitated by visual interactive interfaces."

-Thomas and Cook. Illuminating the Path: The R&D Agenda for Visual Analytics. 2005.


Welcome to INLS 641. This course, offered by the UNC School of Information and Library Science, will provide an overview of Visual Analytics, a topic that combines information visualization and data analysis to support analytical reasoning via highly interactive visual interfaces. The course will review foundational concepts, recent research results, and commonly used technologies. The course is project-oriented and will require that students program their own web-based visualization systems using HTML and JavaScript.

While no specific courses are considered prerequisites, students should be competent programmers. Prior experience with web programming (e.g., HTML and Javascript) is strongly recommended. If you are unsure about your readiness to take this course, please contact the instructor.


Time: Tue/Thu, 9:30-10:45
Place: Manning Hall Room 014
Credits: 3 hours
Instructor: David Gotz
Office: 201 Manning Hall
Phone: 919.962.3435
Email: gotz at unc dot edu
Office Hours: Due to COVID, office hours are by appointment only. Time is always available (until booked by appointments) on Tuesdays 11am-12noon. Other days/times are also available though they may vary from week-to-week. You can make your own appointment via this page. Face-to-face office hours are available to vaccinated students during the Tuesday 11am-12noon period with appointment. Zoom can also be used for virtual office hour visits. All other time slots will be always take place over Zoom. If you are unvaccinated for COVID-19, office hours must take place via Zoom at all times.