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Publication . Article . 2018

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

Florian Windhager; Saminu Salisu; Günther Schreder; Eva Mayr;
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Published: 13 Aug 2018 Journal: Open Library of Humanities (issn: Open Library of Humanities; Vol 4, No 2 (2018); 9, eissn: Open Library of Humanities; Vol 4, No 2 (2018); 9, 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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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Situated Heuristic evaluation Computer science Variety (cybernetics) Visualization Comprehension Data science Diversity (politics) media_common.quotation_subject media_common Cognition Cognitive load

Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:History of scholarship and learning. The humanities lcsh:AZ20-999


Sociology and Political Science, General Arts and Humanities, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, AZ20-999

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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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