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Showcasing Digital Scholarship at USC: The LibViz Project

The LibViz Project

This event, The LibViz Project, organized by Michaela Ullmann (USC LIbraries, Special Collections), combines the power of serendipitous search, interactive technologies, and visual representation to create new ways to engage and to access rare, specialized, and three-dimensional cultural heritage materials.


It is a collaboration between faculty from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Libraries.

November 3, 2015:  10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 206
 (2nd floor, Special Collections Department).

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- Andreas Kratky,  Prof., Interactive Media and Games, USC School of Cinematic Arts

- Virginia Kuhn, Prof., Media Arts + Practice. USC School of Cinematic Arts

- Atley Loughridge, Graduate student, Interactive Media and Games  Division,  USC School of Cinematic Arts

- Sue Luftschein, Archival and Metadata Librarian, USC Libraries, Special Collections

- Michaela Ullmann, Exile Studies Librarian, USC Libraries, Special Collections.



Kratky, Kuhn, Loughridge, Luftschein, and Ullmann will talk about their collaboration in developing a tool that allows users to explore the rare and unique items housed in Special Collections without the limitations of the physical space, but in a way that recreates the engagement patrons experience when touching and handling the actual object. Using the rich possibilities of touch screens and mobile devices, LibViz combines the power and speed of database search with the serendipitous browsing of the shelves in a physical library. Through a custom-designed interface, interaction technologies will provide for combinations of textual and visual information representation to create new ways to engage and access three-dimensional cultural heritage materials that are oftentimes restricted or limited in access. Panelists will present first examples of their work in development. They will discuss their journey on the way to a LibViz prototype, the benefits of their interdisciplinary collaboration, and challenges faced.



About LibViz:

LibViz: Data Visualisation of the Old Library (2009). Ruhland et al. International Journal of Architectural Computing, Vol 7, Issue 1, pp. 177-192. (January 2009)

LibViz at USC:

Coping with the big data dump: Towards a framework for enhanced information representation (by Andreas Kratky, Virginia Kuhn, Jon Olav Eikenes. First Monday Vol. 20, No. 6, 2015.  For LibViz at USC, see Case 3: The Library Interface Project (LibViz)

The Architectural Touch: Gestural Approaches to Library Search  (by Andreas Kratky, Virginia Kuhn, and Susan Luftschein, 2015 Digital Initiatives Symposium, University of San Diego Copley Library, April 29, 2015.  

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