GlamMap: visualising library metadata

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Engaging Culture
Thursday 6 February 2014, 13:45 - 14:15
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2014-proceedings/vala2014-session-13-betti

Arianna Betti

VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dirk Gerrits and Bettina Speckmann

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Hein van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Abstract

Libraries provide access to large amounts of library metadata. Unfortunately, many libraries only offer textual interfaces for searching and browsing their holdings. Visualisations provide simpler, faster, and more efficient ways to navigate, search and study large quantities of metadata. This paper presents GlamMap, a visualisation tool that displays library metadata on an interactive, computer-generated geographic map. We provide detailed discussion of how GlamMap benefits the work of librarians and researchers. We show how geographic representations help librarians to perform tasks such as collection assessment and how geographic information helps researchers to identify important scientific resources.

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