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You can’t be what you can’t see – WIP SeeBe Chrome Extension

"You can't be what you can't see" - Marian Wright Edelman I've been an engineer and software developer for over 15 years now. I've been fortunate enough to live in…
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Work Samples ( Policy Documents )

This post shares some work samples of policy documents I have written. If you are looking for code examples please visit my git repository on Bitbucket. Looking at the "tech"…
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Celebrating Women In Engineering

Along side a couple of my lovely colleagues at UoS I recently had the opportunity to volunteer at the Celebrating Women In Engineering And Computer Science day long event at…
Risk assess your organisation’s Google Apps

Risk assess your organisation’s Google Apps

So lucky you, someone (maybe you) has realised third parties at your organisation are an important consideration for information security. Maybe you were one of those happy organisations that were…
Magazine Visualisation

Magazine Visualisation

This post looks at the twelfth of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. The Curators at Museo della Guerra frequently create custom paper magazines to accompany their exhibitions. Any exhibition might have multiple booklets on different aspects of the same event, e.g. for an exhibition on WWI they might have 3 different books; the first on sanitary conditions, a second on daily fife and a third on the assault & bombing.
Photo album visualisation

Photo Album Visualisation

This post looks at the eleventh of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. This technology for this visualisation is based on the HTML5 canvas flip book demo 20 Things I Learned. Each point of interest for the physical exhibition will have an image associated with it. This book display all of these images and their titles. Images for the points the user has seen in the physical space are displayed clearly.

Passbook Visualisation

This post looks at the tenth of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. This visualisation was created exclusively for the Atlantikwall exhibition based on the stamps used on the physical postcard that exhibition visitors received.
Personalised Lego Character from Photo

Personalised Lego Character from Photo

This post looks at the ninth of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. While investigating methods of creating personalised characters for online site users we explored the idea of using a photograph of a person to act as the basis for a Lego person.
Animal Path Visualisation

Animal Path Visualisation

This post looks at the eighth of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. This visualisation is loosely based around a French paper; Veron, E., Levasseur, M.: Ethnographie de l’exposition, Paris, Bibliothèque Publique d’Information, Centre Georges Pompidou. This Ethnographic study proposed that visitors movements in a museum could be compared to the behaviour of four "typical" animals. They used observational techniques to classify visitors as ANT, FISH, BUTTERFLY or GRASSHOPPER. For meSch we wanted to experiment with this idea and consider how such roles could be assigned to visitors using computational methods applied to the visitors log.

Map Visualisation

This post looks at the seventh of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. This map is a combination of static and dynamic content. The background layer is uploaded and configured by the curator. The curator must upload a background map image and drag the points of interest to the appropriate locations on the map. Once the curator is happy with their basic map they can flag the visualisation as public.
museum visit timeline visualisation

Timeline Visualisation

This post looks at the fifth and sixth of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. On the meSch platform there are two versions of timeline visualisation for the user to experience.
Museum visit grid visualisation is a series of images in a grid that each provide a gateway to additional information on the user visit

Grid Visualisation

This is the third of a series of posts looking at each of the different visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. This experimental visualisation was inspired by a page on the Wonderkamers website.

Bubbles Visualisation

This is the fourth of a series of posts looking at each of the different visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. The bubbles visualisation is an abstract interactive illustration. A personalised character (similar to the personalised character detailed here) sits at the centre of a number of rings of bubbles (discs). The number of rings is determined by how many perspectives were available at the physical exhibition. For example at the Atlantikwall exhibition in Museon in Den Haag it was possible to experience the offering from one of 3 perspective; a German soldier, a civilian and/or a civil servant. Therefore the bubbles visualisation for this will have 3 rings of bubbles.

Word Cloud Visualisation

This is the second of a series of posts looking at each of the different visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. Continuing the exploration of these visualizations we now look at the word cloud visualisation. The general concept of a word cloud visualisation is nothing particularly novel. As such it is a familiar way for users to interact with a site. The word cloud gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source. For this particular implementation the text content that the visitor is exposed to during their physical visit is used as the source.  Using only the content from the points of interest that the visitor experienced the text is split into an array of words, word frequency is counted, certain words are filtered out and the remaining are displayed in the word cloud.
Personalised avatar - museum visit visualisation

Personalized avatar using svg.js

This is the first of a series of posts looking at each of the different visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview. Each museum visitor can get a postcard with a 11 character string in the format ABC-123-1234. This string is their unique passcode and can be used to access the digital post-visit visualization tool and view further information about their physical visit. One of the many visualizations developed for this online platform is the somewhat abstract SVG character visualization. A unique and personalised character to playfully represent the visitor. This specific idea was proposed by a group of Sheffield Hallam University students tasked with coming up with various ways of representing museum visitors visit visually.

Atlantic Wall post-visit website

“The Hague and the Atlantic Wall: War in the City of Peace” was a museum exhibition which ran from April to October in 2015 at Museon in the city of The Hague, in The Netherlands. The Atlantic Wall was a set of the defensive lines and placements that were built by the German forces during WWII along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea, from Norway to the French/Spanish border. The wall consisted of a 5,000 km long chain of bunkers, anti-tank walls, cliffs and other barriers and was aimed at preventing an Allied attack on the Reich’s Western frontiers. This exhibition focused specifically on the Atlantic Wall in The Hague and the impact of its construction on the city and its inhabitants. Visitors were tracked as they interacted with the exhibition and once they had completed their visit they could visit a checkout point and print themselves a personalized visit souvenir postcard.

meSch Post Visit Website

Introduction

The idea of allowing users to extend their visit is very popular with Museum officials at present. The meSch post-visit visualization tool was designed to explore how elements from an exhibition could be combined with information from a users visit to provide a personalized hyper visual interface. The hope being it would allow the visitor:

From Instagram: Trying to find a way to put all this in words. #mesch #visualisation #postvisit

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Create Kibana visualizations and dashboards dynamically

If you've used Kibana, then you probably know how easy it is to create a dashboard via the GUI. kibanagui What you may not know is that it is also possible to create both visualizations and dashboards dynamically! It is as easy as making a curl request.

Atlantikwall Android App

The video below demonstrates an Android App built for evaluation of Atlantikwall exhibition at Museon in Den Haag. This application has been built on the Ionic Cordova stack. The user first chooses language(Dutch or English), then perspective(Soldier, Civilian or Civil Servant) and may then watch videos for the various points of interest.
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