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A Look Back: Enhancing Digital Collections with Viewshare

Two years ago, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress in partnership with Zepheira launched Viewshare, a free, easy-to-use web application for creating dynamic visual interfaces to cultural heritage collections (viewshare.org). Through Viewshare, an archivist, curator, scholar, or student can create visualizations that allow her to explore a collection in ways not possible via a simple text search. Viewshare empowers users to uncover collection-wide relations not always evident through traditional item-by-item browsing or searching.

The Library recently posted “A Viewshare Roundup”, which provides a collection of recent papers, presentations and blog posts with examples of how Viewshare is being used by over 1500 users from all over the world. Check out the exciting progress that’s been made!