[Open Hours Discussion] Generous Interfaces: Delivering Access to Rich Cultural Heritage Collections

Join us on Friday 12 April for an Open Hours discussion between 1 and 2pm at the Digital Humanities Hub | Te Pokapū Matihiko o Te Kete Aronui!

Topic  – Generous Interfaces: Delivering Access to Rich Cultural Heritage Collections

Our guest this week is Lynn Benson, Researcher Services Manager at Te Uare Taoka o Hākena | Hocken Collections. She will explore international initiatives that offer possible paths to follow, as OU Libraries seek to provide ever better access to their digitised and born-digital collections for teaching and research. Lynn is particularly interested in the different ways institutions are experimenting with how to present digital collections to support different searching methodologies for these particular kinds of research collections.


The Goldfinch: a bird’s-eye view | Mauritshuis

Still image with text" A little piece of nothing ... but very good" from the website The Goldfinch: a bird's-eye view | Mauritshuis
Frame from The Goldfinch: a bird’s-eye view | Mauritshuis

Discover the story behind The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius (1654), and explore the exquisite possibilities of generous multimedia access to one of Mauritshuis’ astounding collection of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. This collection also includes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, and The Bull by Potter.

Projects – Time Machine, Visualize the Public Domain, Gravitron

  • The Time Machine Project – Self-described as “by far the most ambitious and far-reaching project ever undertaken using Big Data of the Past”, this EU-funded internationally-collaborative project is building a map of European history that spans thousands of years.
    Visualize the Public Domain | New York Public Library – an experiment by NYPL Labs to help patrons understand and explore the more than 180,000 images released by NYPL into the Public Domain.
  • Gravitron – the work and thoughts of Geoff Hinchcliffe, senior Design lecturer at ANU, about design, data, computation and interface aesthetics.

WHEN: 1pm – 2pm, Friday 12 April 2019

WHERE: Digital Humanities Hub, Room 1W3, First Floor, Arts Building

WHO: Anyone in the University community – there’s no advance registration required, but we always appreciate knowing in advance if you are planning to come along!

CONTACT: Alexander Ritchie alexander.ritchie@otago.ac.nz

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