As I’ve begun settling into Providence after my move from New York, I’m finally having some time to catch up on my library news. I had heard about NYPL’s recent release of more than 180,000 public domain items from their digital collections, including the first known photography by a woman and more than 40,000 stereoscopic views of the U.S., but as I delved deeper, I discovered all of the exciting tools and initiatives that they’ve integrated into the collections to encourage discovery, interaction, sharing, research, and reuse. In particular, I’ve been musing on the fantastic visual browsing tool. Data visualization is still often thought of simply as a graphic, sometimes interactive, representation of statistics and other data, but it also clearly has so much potential as a tool for discovery, by helping users to better understand the scope of the information that they’re searching or exploring.
Beyond content visualization, NYPL is championing active user/content engagement with the Digital Collections API, a Remix Residency program and other tools from the creative folks at NYPL Labs, like The Green Book trip planner, which uses “locations extracted from mid-20th century motor guides that listed hotels, restaurants, bars, and other destinations where Black travelers would be welcome.”
For those of us who spend most of our days in the weeds of content management, NYPL’s Digital Collections initiatives are a great reminder to think innovatively about how we can better connect and engage users with digital collections.
For some Friday fun, check out their Stereogranimator and create some 3D images!
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Here in DPS we are just starting to get our feet wet in the world of data visualization. Is this a new topic for you too? Well, to help you gain an understanding of the power of data visualization, we suggest checking out the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards. Voting is taking place now for the 2014 Awards, but you can view the list of finalists here.
Here are a couple of my personal favorites from the short list:
Aftermarket Education by Beutler Ink
For its annual Education Issue, Popular Science magazine explored the huge uptick in massive open online courses (MOOCs) and tapped us for our data visualization expertise to bring the numbers to life. Using a series of clusters to represent available MOOCs, we showed the number of courses available through 2014 at nine of the largest MOOC providers. Through light-hearted callouts, we suggest possible courses of study a casual student might pursue. The infographic appeared in the September 2013 issue of the print edition.
Creative Routines by RJ Andrews
How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works. “Creative Routines” visualizes a selection of the routines Currey researched.
Women in Science by FF Function
An interactive tool built for the Unesco Institute for Statistics as part of the International Women’s Day and centered on the theme “Equality for women is progress for all” helps visualize the gender gaps in the pipeline leading to a career in research.
There is much more to explore at the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards site. Enjoy!
Here in DPS we are just starting to get our feet wet in the world of data visualization. Is this... MORE