Hi, I’m Ben Ennis Butler (aka beneb) and I’m a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. My research revolves around building interfaces that encourage open ended exploration and discovery within cultural heritage collections. You can find aspects of my research and website development work on this site. Enjoy.
I came across this image of a gender histogram I produced in 2010 whilst completing my honours.
The idea behind the image (shown cropped) was to see if it was possible to show an entire overview of the collection split by gender. Works by male artists are above the black line down the middle, works by female artists are below the line. This visualisation work was displayed as a 3m long printed poster.
Here are the slides for a talk I presented at the Concept & Methods Workshop: Structural Approaches to Online Communities and Networks, organised by the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra.
The interfaces I demoed can be found at printsandprintmaking.gov.au/explore.
I presented at the Museums Australia 2013 conference in Canberra. The slides from my presentation, Escaping search: generous interfaces for cultural collections, are below.
Feedback from twitter
— Jan Molloy (@Janpcim) May 20, 2013
— Michelle Mortimer (@chelle_mortimer) May 20, 2013
— Jan Molloy (@Janpcim) May 19, 2013
— Jonny Brownbill (@jonnybrownbill) May 19, 2013
— Museums Aust (ACT) (@MA_ACT2013) May 19, 2013
I’m very pleased to finally launch the interfaces I’ve been working on for the last 20 months. You can access them at printsandprintmaking.gov.au/explore.
My Museums and the Web paper, Visual Exploration of Australian Prints and Printmaking, provides further information about the interfaces and my research work.
My paper proposal for Museums and the Web 2013 got accepted. Entitled Visual Exploration of Australian Prints and Printmaking it will discuss the interfaces I’ve being building with Mitchell Whitelaw for the Australian Prints collection at the National Gallery of Australia.