Digital collections – the digital metadata produced and maintained by archives, libraries and museums – are becoming ever more valuable[ref]See for example: The British Library, 2015. Unlocking The Value – The British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-2018. Available at: http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/pdfs/british-library-collection-metadata-strategy-2015-2018.pdf.[/ref] for cultural institutions. However, curators and archivists currently lack the means to make use of their cultural data.
Through this visualisation tool curators are, often for the first time, able to see their entire digital collection, and visually analyse their digital assets.
- The tool has successfully been tested with and used by cultural institutions across the UK and has, on many occasions, allowed novel and surprising insights. An iPad version has been created by System Simulation to be used by visitors within a museum and allowing them to see exhibited items in the context of a museum’s collection.