November 17, 2014

Wellcome Library Launches an Online Sandbox, Go “Play” With Some Experimental Tools

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From a Wellcome Library Blog Post by Jenn Phillips-Bache:

Tucked away in the Library’s website is a new space called the Sandbox. Here we are trialing a few experimental tools with the hope that we can develop them further into something that you can use to explore the collections.

The tools currently available are most definitely what we would call ‘rough and ready’. You’ll find bugs, duplication of data and unexpected faults with the design – problems we intend to fix before launching these as permanent fixtures on the Library website. But what you’ll also find are two alternative – and hopefully serendipitous – paths into the digitised content.

The Beta Browse is one tool under development. Here you can browse through the digitised content by Author, Genre, Repository and Subject Headings. Genre and Subject Headings are particularly revealing; both give a really good sense of what’s in the broader Wellcome Library collections.

The Toggle-a-Tron is a clever little link that activates library catalogue information on digitised content pages. When you choose to ‘Turn player data on’, a cookie is set in your browser. By doing so, you can see more information about a digitised item and follow the links into other digitised stuff with the same subjects, genres, authors and more.

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