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 online catalog of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums allows its users to experience serendipity while browsing through artifacts. Depending on the scrolling speed either related items or random new topics are presented. The interface provides a user history in form of storing as well as a map view that presents all items that are stored and their relations to each other.
We Feel Fine, established in 2005, is a large-scale exploration of human emotion displayed on international weblogs. If the system tracks the phrase “I feel” or “I am feeling”, it records the full sentence, and classifies that emotion. Additional age, gender, and geographical location of the author as well as the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written are collected.
The installation „Making Visible the Invisible“ is a dynamic real-time calculated data visualization at Seattle Central Library. Consisting of six large LCD screens located behind the main information desk, it focuses on the circulation of checked out books and media and connected metadata (e.g. catalog number, bibliography number, date/time stamps, collection code, item type, barcode, title, callNumber, Dewey class, keywords) received each hour. Thus it provides insights in what patrons consider interesting information at any specific time.
The Library of the University of Technology, Sidney visualized its classification system – the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The classification is represented by a bar chart, where every class was assigned a different color. The user can browse the collection of the library by the classification that represents all the subject areas of the collections. The broader a class the more objects are in this class.
One more Collection points out the importance of color for exploring. Objects of the Cooper Hewitt Collection are explorable via color-sorting.