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Fitzwilliam Museum orders Deep Visuals ViziQuest semantic browsing system
Published: 24th February 2011.
Deep Visuals Limited (DVL) have recently secured an order from the prestigious Fitzwilliam Museum for their ViziQuest© visual semantic browsing system. This will be applied to approximately 5000 digitised items from the Applied Arts collection at the Fitzwilliam.
Deep Visuals Limited have already installed two versions of their visual semantic browsing system at the Polar Museum, Lensfield Road, Cambridge. One is being applied to a collection of approx 1750 photos from the Britch Arctic Air Route Expedition (1930-31), the other to a collection of approx 3700 photos from the special expedition "Return to Antarctica - The Bristish Graham Land Expedition (1934-37)" which showcases the latest ViziQuest browsing system, incorporating sound and movie clips alongside the photos, all items being from the original expedition. Both installations use a touchscreen to explore the collections.
A demonstration version of the system for The British Arctic Air Route photos can be explored here: www.deepvisuals.com/demo/?version=JS.
The ViziQuest browsing system for the Applied Arts collection from the Fitzwilliam Museum will be used as an application on the Fitzwilliam website. DVL are working with Dr Victoria Avery (Keeper, Applied Arts) and Mr David Scruton (Documentation and Access Manager) on a customised version of ViziQuest which will add a search capability to the exisiting semantic browsing system.
Dr Avery is very enthusiastic to launch this new way of accessing the collection and is confident that it will open up the collection to a wider cross section of site visitors.
The Department of Applied Arts is responsible for about 20,000 pieces of decorative arts and sculpture from Europe, the Middle East, India and the Far East. Approx 5000 pieces will be selected from the collection for incorporation into the ViziQuest system which is scheduled to go live on the Fitzwilliam website in May 2011.