publication . Article . 2018

Orchestrating Overviews: A Synoptic Approach to the Visualization of Cultural Collections

Windhager, Florian; Salisu, Saminu; Schreder, Günther; Mayr, Eva;
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  • Published: 13 Aug 2018 Journal: Open Library of Humanities, volume 4, issue 2 (issn: 2056-6700, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Open Library of Humanities
In addition to providing pleasant and stimulating experiences, complex cultural collections can require significant amounts of cognitive work on the part of visitors. Whether collections are situated in physical spaces or presented via web-based interfaces, the sheer richness and diversity of artefacts and their associated information can frequently lead to cognitive overload and fatigue. In this article we explore visualization methods that can be used to fend off fatigue and to support cognitive tasks such as collection exploration and conceptual comprehension. We discuss a variety of options to generate collection representations with multiple views and focus on the rarely heeded challenge of how to integrate information from these views into a bigger picture. By utilizing multiple space-time cube representations (through the PolyCube framework), we discuss an effective approach to integrating and mediating multiple perspectives on cultural collection data. We illustrate its potential by the means of a case study on the work of Charles W. Cushman and outline first insights drawn from a heuristic evaluation. Finally, we situate our approach within the larger epistemic and methodological environment of humanities approaches to visualization design.
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02 engineering and technology, 0202 electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering, 020207 software engineering, 05 social sciences, 0503 education, 050301 education
free text keywords: History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, AZ20-999, Sociology and Political Science, General Arts and Humanities, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, lcsh:History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, lcsh:AZ20-999, Diversity (politics), media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Data science, Cognitive load, Situated, Visualization, Comprehension, Heuristic evaluation, Computer science, Cognition, Variety (cybernetics)
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FWF| Towards Integrated Mental Models of Cultural Heritage Data
  • Funder: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (FWF)
  • Project Code: P 28363
  • Funding stream: Einzelprojekte
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