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The Data Epic: Visualisation Practices for Narrating Life and Death at a Distance

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The Data Epic : Visualisation Practices for Narrating Life and Death at a Distance. / Gray, J.

Data Visualization in Society. ed. / Martin Engebretsen; Helen Kennedy. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2020. p. 313-328.

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Gray, J 2020, The Data Epic: Visualisation Practices for Narrating Life and Death at a Distance. in M Engebretsen & H Kennedy (eds), Data Visualization in Society. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 313-328. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463722902_ch19

APA

Gray, J. (2020). The Data Epic: Visualisation Practices for Narrating Life and Death at a Distance. In M. Engebretsen, & H. Kennedy (Eds.), Data Visualization in Society (pp. 313-328). Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463722902_ch19

Vancouver

Gray J. The Data Epic: Visualisation Practices for Narrating Life and Death at a Distance. In Engebretsen M, Kennedy H, editors, Data Visualization in Society. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 2020. p. 313-328 https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463722902_ch19

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Gray, J. / The Data Epic : Visualisation Practices for Narrating Life and Death at a Distance. Data Visualization in Society. editor / Martin Engebretsen ; Helen Kennedy. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2020. pp. 313-328

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