From records to data with viewshare: An argument, an interface, a design

Authors

  • Jefferson Bailey,

    1. Currently a fellow focusing on digital preservation projects in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. Previously, he managed digital projects at Brooklyn Public Library and at Frick Art Reference Library and has done archival work at NARA and NASA
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  • Trevor Owens

    Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)
    1. Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. At the Library of Congress, he works on the open source Viewshare cultural heritage collection visualization tool, as a member of the communications team and as the co-chair for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance's Infrastructure working group. Before joining the Library of Congress he was the community lead for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media and before that managed outreach for the Games, Learning and Society Conference
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Abstract

Editor's Summary

Viewshare is a platform designed to support the work of cultural heritage institutions in their efforts to share data, dynamically visualize their collections and access and discover items. It was developed as a free and open tool for partners of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Its central goal is to reveal patterns within collections to lead to new understanding. Viewshare features a simple and intuitive interface and limited requirements for technical skills, and it supports a wide variety of digital collections and metadata types. Its users establish custom metadata, import and enhance collection data and create their own interface to support dynamic and interactive views of their digital collections. The process is illustrated with the Fulton Street Trade Card Collection from the Brooklyn Public Library.

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