Exploring Creative Approaches to Interfacing with Cultural Heritage Collections
The Audiovisual Research Alliance, in collaboration with FIAT/IFTA’s Value, Use and Copyright Commission, is pleased to announce the release of Beyond Search: Exploring Creative Approaches to Interfacing with Cultural Heritage Collections (A Case Study Analysis) written by independent researcher Nadia Piet.
Beyond Search delves into the realm of digital audiovisual (AV) archives, focusing on user experience and advocating for the integration of exploratory approaches alongside conventional search.
Within cultural heritage institutions, conventional keyword-based search interfaces have long served as the primary means to access digital AV archives. However, these interfaces often fall short of addressing the diverse needs of users and serving more exploratory or open-ended queries.
Drawing on a series of illustrative case studies, this report showcases innovative practices in the cultural heritage domain. Furthermore, it looks beyond archives to seek inspiration from practitioners in other disciplines, such as artists, filmmakers, and community initiatives grappling with similar questions.
The research report identifies four core themes:
- #1: Generous + Fluid Interfaces
- #2: Situated + Experiential Entry Points
- #3: Computational Sensing + Algorithmic Metadata
- #4: Participatory Sense-Making + Storytelling
At the end of each theme, a Practical Pointers “over to you” section is offered. Here, opportunities and challenges, as well as additional tools and resources, are highlighted, inviting you to put inspiration into action by orienting towards implementation and kicking off a conversation at your institution.
To continue the conversation around this research, you’re welcome to read and add to the Living Doc version, presented as a Miro Board here.
Nadia presented the research on October 19th during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2023 during one of the breakout sessions.