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Making Visible the Invisible
Author(s):
George Legrady, Andreas Schlegel, August Black, Mark Zifchock and Rama Hoetzlein
Institution:
Seattle Public Library
Year:
2005
URL:
http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/~g.legrady/glWeb/Projects/spl/spl.html
Project Description:
Making Visible the Invisible is an installation consisting of 6 large LCD screens located on a glass wall horizontally behind the librarian's main information desk in the Mixing Chamber of the Seattle Central Library, a large open 19,500 sq ft space dedicated to information retrieval and public accessible computer research.

"The screens feature real-time calculated animation visualizations generated by custom designed statistical and algorithmic software using data received each hour. This data consists of a list of checked-out items organized in chronological order. The item may be a book, a DVD, a CD, a VHS tape, etc. and from the list we can collect and aggregate titles, checkout time, catalog descriptors such as keywords, Dewey classification code if they are non-fiction items. There are approximately 36000 items circulating per day. Items with Dewey Decimal System labels provide for a way to get a perspective on what subject matters are of current interest at any given time as the Dewey system classifies all items according to 10 major categories: 000 Generalities; 100 Philosophy & Psychology; 200 Religion; 300 Social Science; 400 Language; 500 Natural Science & Mathematics; 600 Technology & Applied Sciences; 700 Arts; 800 Literature; 900 Geography & History. These are then subdivided into 100 segments."

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