Information Seeking at Museums and the Web

Yesterday I took part in a session on Information Seeking. You can see my prezi here (I cant figure out how to embed it – if anyone knows how to embed prezi’s let me know).

One of the really interesting things I discovered whilst making the presentation is that the British Museum and UCL look spookily alike….  It could explain why we work so well together.

I was sharing the session with Sarah Kenderdine from the Museum Victoria, Australia who was talking about Cultural Data Sculpting: Omni-spatial interactive visualization.  Sarah’s work is amazing and her research looks at interactive and immersive experiences for museums.  Sarah presented some brilliant projects from ALIVE (Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment).  The projects use massive data sets to create fully immersive experiences.  One that I really liked was called Blue Dots, which featured Chinese Buddhist Canon which has 52 million glyphs.  It reminded me of a excellent paper at DH2010 by Lewis Lancaster about visualisation of Chinese Buddhist Canon, but Sarah’s work just seems to push the boundaries of what is you can do with geospatial and immersive technologies (actually I’ve just read through Sarah’s paper and its a project with Lewis Lancaster – I feel smug that I thought they were familiar!)

Again it’s a case of information overload.  I’m going to come back to this.  It’s got me thinking lots of interesting immersive time things that I would love to explore further.

You can read Sarah’s paper over at the Museums and the Web conference site.