The “Digital Collection” of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, was relaunched recently. Previous to this second version a beta version was shared with the public in 2015, which displayed an innovative way of connecting art works with each other, using various keywords and categories.
BibleViz was a project by a protestant pastor and Chris Harrison, Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and contains three different visualizations dealing with the cross-references in the bible, relations between people and places and distribution of people and places throughout the bible. These different topics lead to an arc, a map and an interesting pattern.
Like shards of glass different keywords are scattered on the screen, when opening Tate Explorer Version 1 by Shardcore. When selecting one, they expand to new keywords that are subcategories of the former. Doing this several times will lead down to individual images taken from the Tate collection. Clicking on the images displayed as thumbnails on the right-hand of the screen leads the user to the entry for the artwork in the Tate’s online collection.
With “Past Visions” Frederick William IV of Prussia’s drawings are available for exploration through time and tag words. Three different modes of view invite a visual play with the different relations between the drawings that are accompanied by detailed descriptions and research reports. The visualization was created in 2016 as part of the research project »VIKUS – Visualising Cultural Collections« at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and is available in German and English.
Manly Images is an innovative approach towards the Manly Public Library’s (Sydney, Australia) collection of historic images. It was developed by Mitchell Whitelaw in 2012 and offers the viewer two different entry points: Exploration by title and Exploration by decade. One can switch between the two modes at any point during viewing.
The Life and Death of Data is a display of over 70.000 plant accessions by the Arnold Arboretum created by Yanni Alexander Loukissas and Krystelle Denis. Rather than displaying the plant accessions, it delivers a quantitative impression of what information the collection of data can convey about the institution.
The Google Cultural Institute has a lot of interesting partners and visualizations. One of these partners is the numismatic museum in Greece. It holds 500 000 coins, coin-like and coin-related objects from the ancient Greek to the present. A part of its exhibition is shown on the website created through and with Google Arts and Culture Institute.