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Deep Exploration with DIVE+: Discover New Research Questions & Create Narratives with Audio-Visual Sources

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Workshop "Deep Exploration with DIVE+: Discover New Research Questions & Create Narratives with Audio-Visual Sources" as part of the CREATE Salon: Digital Search & Storytelling in History, on 9 May 2017, at the Media Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam.

How do searching for audiovisual sources and storytelling interrelate? That is one of the questions that drives the researchers of DIVE+. DIVE+ is an open linked exploratory search browser that facilitates the exploration of diverse archival and museum collections, and allows researchers to investigate how different media objects, events, people and concepts can be compared, connected, and contextualized.

But how do humanities researchers create narratives, and develop research questions when they use the possibilities offered by linked data? Based on previous research into the search and storytelling practices of media professionals who use digital audio-visual archives, this presentation’s starting point is the notion that searching for audio-visual material (the search technologies used) changes the stories one can tell.

In this presentation and subsequent discussion, we focus on exploring, together with the audience, how DIVE+ allows exploration and narrative creation, in order to not only better understand the research process of humanities researchers, but also provide recommendations to further develop DIVE+. We will take a hands-on approach, and use a number of tasks, to explore DIVE+.

Sabrina Sauer works as an assistant professor in Media Studies at the RUG, and as a postdoctoral researcher at the UvA. Her research focuses on the interrelatedness of exploratory search, audiovisual narrative creation, and serendipity.

Berber Hagedoorn is Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Groningen, specialized in screen culture, storytelling data, and working with (digital) audiovisual materials. In her research, she studies meaning making and interaction between media platforms, users and digital tools, using methods from digital humanities, data science, textual analysis, production studies and user studies.

Minyi Cheng is an MSc Human Centered Multimedia student at the UvA. Her research focuses on the User Interface/User Interaction Design of DIVE+.

Justin Verhulst is a Human Centered Multimedia student at the UvA. His research focuses on the exploratory search and narrative creation practices of media professionals with regard to DIVE+.

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Deep Exploration with DIVE+: Discover New Research Questions & Create Narratives with Audio-Visual Sources

  1. 1. Deep Exploration with DIVE+ discover new research questions & create narratives with audio-visual sources Sabrina Sauer (RUG, UvA), Minyi Cheng (UvA), Justin Verhulst (UvA), Berber Hagedoorn (RUG)
  2. 2. Searching for sources & storytelling interrelate While searching digital repositories: • dive deeper and discover: • new ideas for research questions • discover new stories and narratives • discover new associations between concepts & objects What are affordances & constraints of digital access tools: • shape interaction • shape the search process • shape the research questions • shape the points of views and stories that can be discovered and constructed How research practices of humanities researchers are configured or shaped by these technologies? FOCUS: Testing DIVE+
  3. 3. Event-centric browser for linked historical data - linking objects to events and entities - building automatic storylines (narratives) around topics or objects Integrated access to cultural heritage heterogeneous collections Exploratory UI for Media Professionals & Digital Humanities Scholars - support for research questions & narratives generation DIVE+
  4. 4. OPENIMAGES.EU • 3,220 news broadcasts • Sound & Vision • GTAA DELPHER.NL • 197,199 Scans of Radio bulletins • 1937 – 1984 • GTAA AMSTERDAM MUSEUM • 73,447 images • AM Thesaurus • 78,270 images • SVNC Data sources and Vocabularies
  5. 5. TODAY: Let’s explore DIVE+ together 1. How well DIVE+ helps you explore: a. does it help enhance your search & exploration practices? b. does it help you discover new things? c. does it help us understand the research process of humanities researchers better? 2. Can we gather suggestions to improve DIVE+ to meet humanities researchers needs?
  6. 6. TODAY: Hands-on with tasks using DIVE+ 1. How would you use DIVE+: a. Interacting with DIVE+ tasks: goo.gl/VaL4sA 2. Share your experience: a. Questionnaire b. Discussion
  7. 7. 1 http://diveproject.beeldengeluid.nl /
  8. 8. 1 http://diveproject.beeldengeluid.nl /
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  10. 10. 1 4 types
  11. 11. 1 5 filters
  12. 12. 1 explore entities related entities
  13. 13. 1 entity exploration
  14. 14. 1 object exploration
  15. 15. 1 people filter
  16. 16. 2 event filter
  17. 17. 2 narrative
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