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.

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Student projects

Below is an overview of student projects from two classes taught by Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk on »Visualizing cultural collections« in the winter semesters of 2014/15 and 2015/16. 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.


Documentaries

Documentaries

I Hong Cheng, Dan Bauernfreund

Visualizing scenario time and production time in documentary movies.

Intangible heritage

Intangible heritage

Endi Tupja, Phong Cao, Max Tillich, Kevin Zellner

A digital collection of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage: potentials and limits of safeguarding intangible cultural practices in virtual environments.

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 digitisation of databases, it may act as a basis for any prospective reconstruction.

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User as Curator

User as Curator

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

Cultural institutes such as museums are making a huge effort in digitalising their objects and publishing the data. However, there are still major challenges in making these artefacts accessible and integrating them into current Web 2.0 practices and behaviours. In this project we investigate how to bring user involvement into the cultural field by allowing both amateur and expert users to process digitalised artworks from the Victoria and Albert Museum London.

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Porcelain collection (SPSG)

Porcelain collection (SPSG)

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

A prototype visualization based on the specifications of the collection with the aid of a workshop method. The goal was to make the collection come alive and at the same time meet the needs of different user groups.

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Berliner Klassik (BBAW)

Berliner Klassik (BBAW)

Sebastian Schuth, Tatjana Tšernõhh, Andreas Waleczek, Alexander Zöller

Visualizing the lives and contemporaries of Berlin's intellecturals around 1800.

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.

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e

Cécile Zahorka, Jennifer Hicks, Patrizia Turkowski, Sandra Balck

Rethinking a search-oriented website of Japanese woodblock prints.

Reverse Wireframing

Reverse Wireframing

Viktoria Brüggemann, Sarah Kreiseler

An analysis of online collections using reverse information archtecture.

Publications

Museum im Display. Visualisierung Kultureller Sammlungen

Katrin Glinka, Marian Dörk.
In: 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.
In: KuI (Kultur und Informatik) Cross Media. Busch et al. (Hrsg.) Berlin 2015
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