Emanuel, Jeffrey P.; Morse, Christopher M.; and Hollis, Luke (2016) “The New Interactive: Reimagining Visual Collections as Immersive Environments,” VRA Bulletin: Vol. 43 : Iss. 2 , Article 2.
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Abstract: Emerging technologies and shared standards have opened up new avenues for the curation and presentation of data in archives and published research. Among their many benefits, these developments have made collections across archives more accessible, and have vastly improved the visual experience for users. This paper focuses on the next step in applying technical development and standards to digital collections: improving discoverability and providing a visual product that is simultaneously informative and experiential. The cases presented here focus on new approaches in these areas, with an emphasis on the utilization of visual search and discovery across a research archive and the integration of data and image into an augmented reality (AR) experience, with discussion of how these approaches can improve the usability of visual material while broadening the user’s experience from the purely visual into the realm of the immersive.



“Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections.” Lead designer for Mirador/IIIF instances of annotated manuscripts.

“Ukigumo Hakaze: Floating Clouds & Rustling Leaves.” Lead designer for Japanese literature data visualization on display at ArtTechPsyche. April 21.


Web-Based Publications

“Research Databases and the Future of Digital Humanities Applications.” February 22.

“Digital Japanese Literature: Aozora Bunko.” December 19.

“Hacking the News: The NYTimes API.” November 1.

“Hacking Mirador.” October 18.

“Visualisation des Billets Vendus.” September 8.

“Ah humanity!” Coauthored with Gosia Stergios. April 18.

“Exploring Archives Charlie à Harvard.” Coauthored with Gosia Stergios. September 5.

“How Trees Inspired a Model for Organizing Knowledge.” Coauthored with Gosia Stergios. February 10.

“(Watching) 100 Years of Broadway Shows at Once.” Coauthored with Gosia Stergios. December 18.

“Homer and the Web.” Coauthored with Gosia Stergios. September 12.