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.
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 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.
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.
The Centre for Australian art offers five exploratory based interfaces providing data-dense views of the large collection.
The project The Bohemian Bookshelf is exploring serendipitous book discoveries through information visualization. The visualization is either for libraries or for book stores. The prototype was developed in 2012 by Alice Thudt (University of Munich), Uta Hinrichs and Sheelagh Carpendale (both University of Calgary).
With the help of five interlinked visualizations the user got multiple visual access points into the collection. The visualization uses timelines, a color grid of the book covers, different displays of text (keyword chain, author spiral). The prototype wants to encourage the serendipity as an important factor in information seeking or even research and also wants to trigger the curiosity of the users.
Take a look at the project paper here.