The LibViz project is a research framework that tackles the multiple levels of challenges faced by the heterogeneous object collections characteristic for special collections departments. The interest is to increase discoverability and access to the diverse materials and to assess what is needed for this type of collection to meaningfully exist in a coming digital infrastructure marked by industry-scale object digitization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis the project will formulate methods and technologies that will inform how this coming digital infrastructure can and should be implemented. The project team is interdisciplinary, joining the expertise of specialists in library science, preservation and literacy as well as computer science and human computer interaction. This paper gives an overview over the structure of the LibViz project and its philosophical and conceptual strategies.
Andreas Kratky. “The Architectural Touch: Gestural Approaches to Library Search. LibViz - A Research Framework for Object Representation and Search in Heterogeneous Object Collections” in Digital Initiatives 2015. San Diego, CA, Copley Library, 2015: online
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