Some ideas on zooming on Lombardis works
The current status of this site is of course not very appealing. It contains no suited way to explore the works of Lombardi within a uniform way of interaction and visualization. Of couse, we have to have the building blocks first, but I could imagine that the zoom-approach as in “Visualizing Vertov” by Lev Manovich could be worth exploring. I was able to attend a presentation of him which was very compelling.
So what could be the levels of details when in an information system that explores Mark Lombardis works. I collect ideas here. I start to define an initial set of four levels of detail that each deal with a different “zoom”-level on the works and note some ideas for visualizations that could be applied at this level.
Level of detail 0 – the view from above: All works
Viewed from 10 miles, we see the complete set of Lombardis works.
- The items in the collection are the are works (perhaps grouped).
- The collection carries metadata like last changes
- The collection is identified by a URI (which would be http://lombardinetworks.net)
- Several options for visualization arise:
- Utilize metadata, so sort on a timeline, order by size, order alphabetically by title, order by version etc.
- Utilize content, visualize by clusters or by ties or similarities between the works
- The visual representation of a work will be difficult since we do not have images of all works and also have legal questions that arise when we would show them.
Level of detail 1: All versions of a work
If we group the different versions of a work an LOD 0, we could expand these groups in a second zoom step:
- Items seen are a series of works with the same topic marked as versions
- They carry metadata like previous and next version and timeperiod of creation
- Each set is identified by a URI
- Visualization could be as LOD 0. One could also highlight differences and similarities between succeeding versions.
Level of detail 2: A work
We now can zoom from the collection to the work
- The work composed of nodes and edges is seen
- The work carries metadata such as title, version, year of creation, timeperiod covered, size, media, exhibitions, collections, owners. Metadata scheme could be LIDO
- Each work is identified by a URI
- Visualization could be an image, an interactive image, a relayouted image etc. The more digitized a work is the more possibilities for interaction arise. There could even be some statistical visualisation eg. nodes ordered in a chart according to their degree.
Level of detail 3: A group of nodes and edges
Within the work we can examine part of the work with one node or edge as the minimum.
- A node is an atomic unit within works
- A node carries metadata such as its type and its content
- A node it the target or source of edges
- Each node is identified by a URI
- An edge is another atomic unit within the works
- A node connects two nodes (btw: there are some preparatory works in which two nodes are connected by multiple edges)
- An edge carries metadata such as its type or annotations (like the amount of money transferred for financial transactions)
- An edge is identified by a URI (for the case of multiple edges between two nodes, they can be distinguished by their URI
- Nodes can be visualized in several ways, with or without connected edges. They could be interactive leading to more information from other sources by tooltipping or by linking.
- Similar edges can be visualizes in different manners. As for LOD 2 it could be some image from the actual work, it might be a picture of the person involved etc. The minimum display at LOD 3 is a single node or a single edge.
This is a first collection of ideas, further might follow. I hope to get comments on this post.