2017 is the centenary of the sale of the Danish West Indies. On that occasion The Royal Library digitises and makes available 2000 maps and images from the former Danish colonies.
The Royal Library, HUMlab and ETHOS Lab (IT University of Copenhagen) invites employees and students to join the exploration of the maps and images and to bring analytical skills and know-how to visualize the material in three datasprints. Technical know-how is not a premise.
The datasprints offered the possibility of working with images and maps from the Royal Library’s collection and dealing with following questions: What characterizes the collection? How can its contents be analysed? And how can it be visualised not as a window to the world but as a collection with recurrent subjects and places, with certain ways of looking?
There were 3 data sprints taking part as an intense interdisciplinary experiment
- ‘A Sweet Deal’ by Christian Schoning
- ‘Audiosary of Denmark’s Colonial Past’ by Jens Stein and Silja Vase
- open the audiofile to listen to the sound of the visualisation
- ‘The ChaChas of Sct. Thomas‘ by Randi Lorenz Marselis, Göde Both and Elsa Brander
- open the manuscript for narration of the presentation
- ‘Representing a Story of Diversity’ by Helga Thomas and Alina Stoicescu (powerpoint)
- Tableau Dashboard ‘Data visualization of the St Croix census of 1841’
Making the data accessible to those possessing the historical sensitivities