From Searching to Using: Making Sense of Digital Cultural Heritage Collections

Hall, Mark M. (2014). From Searching to Using: Making Sense of Digital Cultural Heritage Collections. In: The Search Is Over! Exploring Cultural Collections with Visualization. International Workshop in conjunction with DL'14, 11-12 Sep 2014, London, UK.

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Abstract

The rise of digital cultural heritage has seen the creation of a vast number of collections, which provide access to large amounts of data. While initially access to this data was provided only via keyword-based search interfaces, there has been increased interest in exploratory interfaces to support open-ended search tasks. However, finding information that interests the user is only the first step and the next step must be to provide interfaces that allow the user to actually make use of the information they have found. Towards this goal a novel sense-making workbench is presented in this paper, which enables the user to aggregate information from multiple collections, arrange them into a sense-making structure, and export them for their final use.

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