In part, I think this is about a bit of a translation between the very active world of data visualization into a context where we think about various digital incarnations of cultural heritage objects. So, visualizations as interfaces for discovery of individual things as well as visualization in the more general sense of seeing the big picture. I would be interested in setting up a bit of mind meld to think through some of this. Specifically, what kinds of data do we have and what are some new ways we can create web based interfaces and visualizations to interact with and understand that data?
Here is a suggestion for how we could go about this:
1. (20 min) of swap and shareVery quickly look at a bunch of examples in these three categories: (For starters we can start listing things we want to talk about in the comments on this post)
- a) sites with cool visual interfaces to cultural heritage collections./li>
- b) examples of sets of items, individual objects, and other stuff that we want to interface with./li>
- c) fun visualization widgets and interfaces that have nothing to do with the humanities but that we might mine for ideas or ideally just use.
2. (30 min) Small groups sketch out one page wireframesI would then like to break into small groups and match make some of the As Bs and Cs. Take some of these cool ideas, pick a specific kind of collections and have each of the smaller groups create a one page small paper prototype or simple wireframe of what this cool interface would look like with a particular kind of digital collection or digital object.
3. (10 min) Rapid report outWe would then take 2 minutes each to report out the pitches for these interfaces. (Could video these on someone’s phone and post to youtube?) We then post pics and one paragraph descriptions of what this interface could do for a specific kind of collection or kind of object.
I have included some initial examples of stuff we might talk a bout in part one. If your interested in this please add more ideas in the comments.
A) Example interfaces:
- Mappy timey stuff like historypin: www.historypin.com/
- Historical data on maps: acl.arts.usyd.edu.au/harlem/
- Change over time in editions of a text: benfry.com/traces/
- Railroad owner thing: nexthistory.org/shaping-the-west.html
- BYU Corpus Stuff: corpus.byu.edu/
B) Fun Data set/item examples
- menus menus.nypl.org/
- pictures loc.gov/pictures
- quilts www.quiltindex.org/msumuseumcollection.php
- sheet music data.gov.au/dataset/south-australian-sheet-music-state-library-of-south-australia/
- convict transportation records data.gov.au/dataset/british-convict-transportation-registers/
C) Open Visualization Libs
- Timeplot: www.simile-widgets.org/timeplot/
- InfoViz thejit.org/demos/
- TufteGraph xaviershay.github.com/tufte-graph/
- milkchart code.google.com/p/milkchart/
- VIDI www.dataviz.org/
So what do you think? What things should we add to the list? Who want’s to be in on this?