DXL Projects

The Data Experience Lab (DXL) is the NC State University Libraries’ community hub for data science, visualization, and digital research and scholarship. More about the DXL

Collaborate with us! We welcome collaboration proposals on projects such as geospatial analysis and mapping, web visualizations, Open Educational Resources (OER), and textual analysis. Let us know what you’re working on, what questions you have, and how you would like to collaborate.

Projects on this page represent a selection of the work of DXL staff.

  • Image of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, New York City. Model, wide view with transit hub. From Library of Congress.

    Futurama, Autogeddon

    A media-rich, web-only monograph examines the "fantasies of technological utopianism as well as anxieties about the destruction of the environment and the dehumanizing impact of modernity."

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    Tags: Open Research, Scholarly Communication
  • Three websites that are related to this project: an article, a podcast, and a Medium post

    Increasing the Public Impact of Research (pilot)

    Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva partnered with the Open Knowledge Center to experiment with various modes of increasing the potential for her work to have impacts outside of higher education. As a pilot project, this public impact strategy offers a…

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    Tags: Open Research, Scholarly Communication
  • Example code and visualization in an interactive Python computational notebook.

    Empowering Undergraduate Research and Educational Experience with Data Science

    Librarians in the Data & Visualization Services department partnered with researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering to develop interactive data science instructional materials for a grant funded online educational module.

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    Tags: Data Analysis, Teaching and Learning, Visualization
  • US Coastal Recreation Sites, monthly average of fine particulate matter, Jan. 2000-Dec. 2017

    Extracting Air Pollution Data for Coastal Recreation Sites

    Many people spend time doing leisure activities such as swimming, running, and fishing along coastal shorelines and could be interested in knowing the amount of air pollution that exists in these marine environments. Ph.D. Economics graduate student…

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    Tags: Data Analysis, Geospatial, Visualization
  • Sample textbook cover

    Microwave and RF Design Open Textbook

    Microwave and RF Design is a series of five open textbooks published by NC State University and distributed through UNC Press. 

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    Tags: Open Research, Scholarly Communication
  • 113th Congress, Inequality map (Gini coefficient by household)

    Mapping to Visualize Inequality

    Dr. Andrew Taylor, a professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs at NC State University, is writing a book provisionally titled, "Our Equitable Democracy: American Politics and Economic Outcomes in an Age of…

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    Tags: Geospatial
  • Tess-Celestial Display

    Tess-Celestial

    Tess-Celestial is a visualization project that explores the interplay of art, nature, culture, shape, perspective, and math in our everyday lives. 

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    Tags: Open Research, Scholarly Communication, Visualization
  • Example of parallel one-way streets and map of one of the final route solutions.

    Optimal Routing for Parking Enforcement Vehicles

    The City of Raleigh has begun using trucks outfitted with License Plate Recognition (LPR) equipment to streamline parking enforcement. Finding optimal routes for the trucks to evenly and efficiently traverse three sections of city streets that have…

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    Tags: Data Analysis, Geospatial, Visualization
  • Student-created map showing the locations of some public resources (police stations, public schools, and libraries) against a map that shows what percentage of minorities in each area are cost-burdened due to housing expenses.

    Mapping for Habitat for Humanity

    Caldwell students create maps that help Habitat for Humanity communicate about regional housing needs to local leaders.

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    Tags: Geospatial, Teaching and Learning
  • banner of Tally Tracker Explorer

    Tally Tracker Explorer

    Tally Tracker Explorer is a visualization depicting live and archived game data from all players in Tally Saves the Internet, a browser extension that transforms the data that advertisers collect into a multiplayer game. It was designed by Joelle…

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    Tags: Open Research, Visualization
  • Chemistry co-authorship

    Visualizing Co-Authorship

    We used free software to create an interactive packed circle chart visualizing Chemistry department co-authorship with other NC State departments.

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    Tags: Visualization
  • Poster from Tiny Café, a pop-up user station event.

    Software + Tiny Café

    In February 2019, we held a pop-up user research station event, Tiny Café, where we found out more about our patrons’ software and programming needs.

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    Tags: User Research
  • poster for ARt: Augmented Reality in 3D

    Augmented Reality Exhibit Usability Test

    In July 2018, we conducted a usability test on ARt: Exhibition in 3D, an augmented reality (AR) art exhibit in the Technology Showcase in Hunt Library.

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    Tags: User Research
  • Fermentology banner featuring jars of fermented vegetables

    Fermentology

    Fermentology is a digital collection of written and media works about the culture, history, and science of fermented foods.   

    Report published on April 23, 2021
    Tags: Open Research, Scholarly Communication
  • Coffee & Viz Program Evaluation

    Coffee & Viz is a forum for NC State researchers and others to share their visualization work and discuss visualization best practices. As the series approached its five-year anniversary and fiftieth event, we wanted to evaluate how well the…

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    Tags: User Research
  • Dataspace Survey + Tiny Café

    In January and February, 2019, we asked users for feedback on the Dataspace at Hunt Library. We were particularly interested to apply lessons from the Dataspace to planning work for the Data Experience Lab, slated to open in the D. H. Hill Jr.…

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    Tags: User Research
  • Data Science and Visualization Space user research

    In Spring 2018, we conducted a survey, follow-up interviews with surveyed faculty, and a focus group with graduate students to learn more about the computing, data, and visualization needs of our community. What we learned has helped us plan the…

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    Tags: User Research