VIKUS

At the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, »Visualizing Cultural Collections« (Visualisierung kultureller Sammlungen) is a research theme, within which new forms of graphical user interfaces are developed to support the exploration of digitized collections. Researchers and students from various fields such as interface design, informatics, and cultural sciences are conceiving, prototyping and evaluating novel visualizations techniques that are aimed at enabling interactive examination of cultural objects.

Past Visions

Past Visions

Katrin Glinka, Christopher Pietsch, Marian Dörk

The visualization shows the collection of historical drawings by Frederick William IV alongside a thematic and temporal arrangement. The aim was to highlight thematic and historical connections within the drawings and makes them available for exploration in high resolution.

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DDB Visualized

DDB Visualized

Christopher Pietsch, Gabriel Credico, Christian Bernhardt, Marian Dörk

This project attempts to make the vast extent of the German Digital Library (Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek) visible and explorable through different interactive visualizations. Periods, places and persons are three of the explorable categories, while keywords provide links to browsable pages of the library itself.
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Student projects

Below is an overview of student projects from three classes taught by Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk on »Visualizing cultural collections« from 2014 to 2017. Students with different disciplinary backgrounds including design, media studies, information science, and cultural management analyzed existing interfaces and developed new approaches for different case studies in collaboration with a broad range of cultural institutions.


Coin cabinet

Coin cabinet

Daniela Guhlmann, Flavio Gortana, Franziska von Tenspolde

How can a vast collection of small objects like coins be visualized? This project brings coins alive in a very tangible way to gain an overview. Users can explore a small amount of the overall collection and learn new insights through sorting it.

Mapping Paris

Mapping Paris

Lars Kreuzmann, Sabine Lehm, Krista Nupponen, Carmen Schwietzer

During the French Revolution, a lot of artworks in Paris were decontextualized. The project aims at reconstructing a historical urban landscape of the city as well as using the power of crowdsourcing to obtain a bigger picture of the movement of artworks.

Oaxacan Pottery

Oaxacan Pottery

Jose Ernesto Rodriguez, Liqiong Wang, Andrea Wieloch

Envisioning a personal collection of tangible objects and their intangible meanings through pottery from Oaxaca/Mexico. The prototype also enables illiterates to use the collection through a mainly visual approach.

Sound Maps

Sound Maps

Stephane Flesch, Anne-Sophie Gutsche, Daniel Paschen

This project deals with a collective collection of the Florentine soundscape. Through an immersive 3D-environment, the collected material is not only browseable but users also get the ability to upload new material and to compare and rate the sound clips.

Documentaries

Documentaries

I Hong Cheng, Dan Bauernfreund

How do scenario time and production time relate in documentary movies? This project visualizes the interrelation and thus shows an overview over recurring themes and different interest in themes over time.

Intangible heritage

Intangible heritage

Endi Tupja, Phong Cao, Max Tillich, Kevin Zellner

In all cultures, there are practices, rituals and cultural objects, that belong to the intangible heritage. This project considers how the intangible cultural heritage that has so far been defined by the UNESCO can be enclosed in a digital collection to build a virtual environment.

Mosaic Syria

Mosaic Syria

Ariane Marilyn Ecker, Magda Lammert, Carolin Keller, Oliver Mohr, Steffen Gabel

The visualization of the database of the Syrian Heritage Archive aims to ensure that Syrian cultural heritage is not forgotten. Thanks to the digitisation of databases, it may act as a basis for any prospective reconstruction.

User as Curator

User as Curator

Florian de Beus, Susann Massute, Jens Rauenbusch, Lisa Steingräber

How can user involvement be brought into the cultural field? With the possibilities of digital collections, the established relationship between curators and visitors can be overcome. Through a prototype, both amateur and expert users can process digitalised artworks from the Victoria and Albert Museum London.

Porcelain collection (SPSG)

Porcelain collection (SPSG)

Mark-Jan Bludau, Constantin Eichstaedt, Jana Klausberger, Swann Nowak

To show both a historical background of the Prussian porcelain collection as well as some royal glamour is the starting point of this project. A narrative strategy and an exploratory approach are developed to share knowledge and yet keep a playful mind.

Berliner Klassik (BBAW)

Berliner Klassik (BBAW)

Sebastian Schuth, Tatjana Tšernõhh, Andreas Waleczek, Alexander Zöller

Visualizing the lives and contemporaries of Berlin's intellectuals around 1800. In a macro perspective, all persons and basic connections can be seen, while zooming enables the visitor to follow one individual and its relationships and works.

Collections of the SPSG

Collections of the SPSG

Christoph Eichler, Natalie Lepach, Oxana Baerbach, Vitan Vitanov

A visualization of the various collections of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg. Once a castle is selected from the map, the user can explore its artworks and surrounding landscape.

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e

Cécile Zahorka, Jennifer Hicks, Patrizia Turkowski, Sandra Balck

This project rethinks a search-oriented database that collects Japanese woodblock prints from all over the world. A general overview as well as focus points aim at reaching both casual and professional visitors.

Reverse Wireframing

Reverse Wireframing

Viktoria Brüggemann, Sarah Kreiseler

This project aimed at researching an actual state of digital collections of museums. It utilized a new method called reverse wireframing to analyze the content and function of existing digital collections.

Publications

Memory Dialogue - Exploring Artefact-Based Memory Sharing

Stefanie Neumann, Marian Dörk, Richard Banks.
alt.chi 2017: Extended Abstracts of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, May 2017
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Tracing exploratory modes in digital collections of museum websites using reverse information architecture

Sarah Kreiseler, Viktoria Brüggemann, Marian Dörk.
First Monday, 22:4 2017
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Past Visions and reconciling views: Visualizing time, texture and themes in cultural collections

Katrin Glinka, Christopher Pietsch, Marian Dörk.
In: DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly. 11:2 2017
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Von sammlungsspezifischen Visualisierungen zu nachnutzbaren Werkzeugen

Katrin Glinka, Christopher Pietsch, Marian Dörk.
Konferenzband zur DHD 2017 Bern - Digitale Nachhaltigkeit 2017
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Museale Bestände im Web: Eine Untersuchung von acht digitalen Sammlungen

Viktoria Brüggemann, Sarah Kreiseler, Marian Dörk.
Konferenzband zur 23. Berliner Veranstaltung der internationalen EVA-Serie: Electronic Media and Visual Arts 2016
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Linking Structure, Texture and Context in a Visualization of Historical Drawings by Frederick William IV (1795-1861)

Katrin Glinka, Christopher Piesch, Carsten Dilba, Marian Dörk.
International Journal for Digital Art History; No 2 2016
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Museum im Display. Visualisierung Kultureller Sammlungen

Katrin Glinka, Marian Dörk.
Konferenzband zur 22. Berliner Veranstaltung der internationalen EVA-Serie: Electronic Media and Visual Arts 2015
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Visualising the »Un-seen«: Towards Critical Approaches and Strategies of Inclusion in Digital Cultural Heritage Interfaces

Katrin Glinka, Sebastian Maier, Marian Dörk.
KuI (Kultur und Informatik) Cross Media. Busch et al. (Hrsg.) Berlin 2015
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Visualisierung Kultureller Sammlungen

Marian Dörk.
Poster at 3rd Einstein-Zirkel Digital Humanities Workshop, Berlin 2014
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