VIKUS Viewer
Explore cultural collections along time, texture and themes

VIKUS Viewer is an advanced web-based visualization system that arranges thousands of cultural artifacts on a dynamic canvas and supports the exploration of thematic and temporal patterns of large collections, while providing rapid access to high-resolution imagery.

The keywords associated with collection items are visualized in an interactive list that indicates the frequency of themes in the collection and allows for flexible filtering. Keyword selections reveal the rich relationships among the themes of a collection.

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The items are positioned into columns above an event timeline that contextualizes the collection along major historic developments. Zooming into the canvas discloses more detailed information in the timeline and provides access to the intricate textures of the scanned or photographed cultural artifacts.

Try out VIKUS Viewer with these cultural collections:

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6905 drawings by Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795–1861)
made available in collaboration with the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation.
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3273 books contained in the library of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
made available in collaboration with Forschungsverbund Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel.
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212 multi-page pamphlets from the time of the Seven Years' War (1756–1763)
made available in collaboration with the Research Center Sanssouci.
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1506 coins of Brandenburg-Prussian origin dating from 16th to 19th century
made available in collaboration with the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation.
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986 drawings and paintings by Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) from Van Gogh Museum.
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5949 protest signs collected after the Boston Women’s March on January 21, 2017
made available in collaboration with researchers from the Northeastern University.

VIKUS Viewer was designed and developed by Christopher Pietsch and is available as open source software on GitHub.

The VIKUS Viewer software is based on the visualization code behind Past Visions, a collaborative effort by Katrin Glinka, Christopher Pietsch, and Marian Dörk carried out at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam in the context of the Urban Complexity Lab during the research project VIKUS (2014-2017).

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