Olfactory classifications: an incomplete portolan of combined smelly knowledges
McLean, K. 2016. Olfactory classifications: an incomplete portolan of combined smelly knowledges.
A segmented radial convergence data visualisation to facilitate interrogation of how smell vocabularies are shared between different classification systems.
Using words from 5 disciplines combined with human-perceived smells verbatim (from one of my site-specific research projects smellwalking and smellmapping in Pamplona) the diagram suggests how the smells might be categorised according to specialist aroma wheels and classification systems. Cross-referencing expert olfactory terminologies from different disciplines reveals a complexity and confusion in labelling smells, leaves some smells without ‘homes’ and indicates a need for alternative strategies when representing the urban vernacular smellscape.
|Keywords||smell; classification; data visualisation; design|
|Web address (URL)||http://sensorymaps.com/portfolio/comparative-smell-vocabularies/|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||01 Nov 2016|
|Completed||01 Sep 2016|
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