Explore and Share Cultural Heritage Collections with Viewshare.org

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The talk starts by explaining the idea behind the tool. Specifically, how making it easy to make interfaces to cultural heritage collections can help librarians, archivists, curators, and historians both better understand relationships between objects in a cultural heritage collection and how the tool can help them communicate those ideas to audiences. After explaining the kinds of interfaces you can make, I walk through a detailed example of what one of these views can do by looking at a prototype interface created by an Archivist at the National Gallery of Art to the Samuel H. Kress Collection History Database.

I wanted to make sure that everyone had links to all of the views I mention. So here are all the links.

NDIIPP Partners Collections Interface:
- On Viewshare: http://viewshare.org/views/abpo/ndiipp-collections/
- Embeded on NDIIPP’s site http://digitalpreservation.gov/collections/collections.html

Fulton Street Trade Card View
http://viewshare.org/views/jefferson/fulton-street-trade-cards-collection/

History of Fairfax County in Postcards
http://viewshare.org/views/trow/history-of-fairfax-county-in-postcards/

Cason Monk-Metclaf Funeral Directors View
On Viewshare: http://viewshare.org/views/etrcdigital/location-of-burials/
My View on Viewshare: http://viewshare.org/views/trow/cason-monk-metcalf/
Embeded: http://digital.sfasu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/CasonMonk

Samuel H. Kress Collection History Database Prototype View: National Gallery of Art
http://viewshare.org/views/GalleryArchives/paintings-with-purch-images-urls/

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Explore and Share Cultural Heritage Collections with Viewshare.org

  1. 1. Trevor Owens, Digital Archivist, The Library of Congress trow@loc.gov @tjowensexplore and share cultural heritage collections with viewshare.org
  2. 2. In Visualization,“knowledge is nottransferred, revealedor perceived, but iscreated through adynamic process” Jessop, Visualization as Scholarly Activity, LLC, 2008
  3. 3. a free and open platform forcreating dynamic visual interfaces to digital collections
  4. 4. this a quick introduction see screencastand guides for the details
  5. 5. whatviewsharedoes
  6. 6. take this
  7. 7. or this
  8. 8. and make…
  9. 9. visualdisplays
  10. 10. dynamic facets
  11. 11. embededin your site
  12. 12. exposeopen data
  13. 13. but the endresult is justpart of the story
  14. 14. interface buildingfacilitates deeperunderstanding
  15. 15. in Visualization, “knowledgeis not transferred, revealed orperceived, but is createdthrough a dynamic process” Jessop, Visualization as Scholarly Activity, LLC, 2008
  16. 16. VisualDisplays timelines; lists; charts; galleries; maps
  17. 17. DifferentFacets lists; histograms; tag clouds
  18. 18. Workflowimport
  19. 19. Workflowimport augment
  20. 20. Workflowimport augment build
  21. 21. Workflowimport augment build share
  22. 22. but the endresult is justpart of the story
  23. 23. Workflowimport augment build share
  24. 24. Interface buildingfacilitates deeperunderstanding ofcollections
  25. 25. Interface buildingfacilitatesremediation
  26. 26. InVisualization, “knowledge is nottransferred, revealedor perceived, but iscreated through adynamic process” Jessop, Visualization as Scholarly Activity, LLC, 2008
  27. 27. A forinstance…
  28. 28. Samuel H. KressCollection HistoryDatabase:National Gallery of ArtViewshare Demo
  29. 29. one collectionspread acrossmultipleinstitutions
  30. 30. a view built in amatter of hoursfrom dataexported from acustom database
  31. 31. Illustrates newways of seeingyour collection
  32. 32. cost of artover time
  33. 33. at a particularinstitution
  34. 34. examine anindividual outlier
  35. 35. pivot to a chart tosee what mediumthose works areon
  36. 36. change the chartto see whatschools of art theworks represent
  37. 37. or explore otherpoints forcomparison…
  38. 38. see a list of worksby artist from agiven date range
  39. 39. only see the works1) $ more than 13k2) bought in 1937
  40. 40. Now, see whatinstitutions thoseobjects are at
  41. 41. You can add asmany filters andpivot through theviews to yourhearts content
  42. 42. Just playing withcollection datareveals patternsand opensquestions
  43. 43. InVisualization, “knowledge is nottransferred, revealedor perceived, but iscreated through adynamic process” Jessop, Visualization as Scholarly Activity, LLC, 2008

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