Dr Christine Madsen talk on ‘Visualizing what isn’t there’ on 8th March

Dr Christine Madsen talk on ‘Visualizing what isn’t there’ on 8th March

The Centre's Visiting Academic Dr Christine Madsen gave a lunchtime seminar on 'Visualizing what isn't there' as part of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) series this month.

In 2014 the University of Oxford began a robust and unique programme of activities to improve discovery of and access to the assets in its libraries, museums, and gardens. A year-long research study revealed the nuances of why incoming researchers and students struggle to find relevant collections and found that simply providing better search tools across existing metadata will not improve the situation.

A recent project has sought to create an innovative working prototype for innovative resource discovery that balances users' needs for cognitive maps against wide-ranging types, and robustness, of data. The biggest obstacle to a successful prototype has been the difficulty of visualizing the collections that have little to no metadata – the problem of visualizing what isn't there.

Dr Madsen previously presented on this subject at December's Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in Washington, DC, along with Catriona Cannon, Deputy Librarian & Keeper of Collections at the Bodleian.