Visualizing Cultural Collections
Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk, IaF Urbane Zukunft
Wann: Fr, 12 - 16 Uhr
Raum: Haus D/308
Credits: 10-20 ECTS
Cultural institutions are investing great efforts in the digitization of their collections, however, there is a lack of innovative approaches to reveal the richness of these collections and make them available for casual exploration. What would an exploratory interface to digital cultural heritage look like? In this research-oriented project course we will approach this question. We consider the digital representation of collection items as a perspective in its own right, not a lower-quality proxy of the 'original' physical collection. So far there are only few examples of visualizations being applied to cultural objects, however, initial experiments demonstrate a variety of promising opportunities for research and design. In particular methods of information visualization have already been used to make the conceptual and material structure of collections better visible and explorable.
The aim of this interdisciplinary project course is the investigation of innovative visualization techniques for the exploration of cultural collections. Advanced students of design, information sciences, cultural management, media studies and conservation will work together to study the potential of visualization of cultural collections. In collaboration with cultural institutions small project teams will connect cultural considerations with technological possibilities and pursue both practical and theoretical research questions. The objective is to create and evaluate visualizations that open novel perspectives on collections. As part of this process, we consider the visualizations to be cultural artifacts themselves that need to be interpreted and questioned, too.
Participants should have a basic understanding and some practical experience with either information visualization or cultural collections - and an interest in the other. In small interdisciplinary project groups participants will develop research projects and pursue their own questions. The results of the course will be presented at a public event on campus and documented in the form of an academic paper and a demo on the web.
The following institutions have agreed to collaborate with student teams and are willing to share collection data:
- Innovando la Tradición
- Corpus Nummorum Thracorum
- Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris
- FHP Hochschulbibliothek
- ZZF Potsdam
- Landesarchiv Berlin
Please note: The language of teaching for this course is English. All communication during lectures and seminars as well as literature and auxiliary materials will be in English.
Please read and explore the following before the first session:
M. Whitelaw. (2015) Generous interfaces for digital cultural collections. digital humanities quarterly 9, 1. http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/9/1/000205/000205.html