Category Archives: Visualisation

Information visualisation, we have software that helps visualise links between people, places and digital objects in a graph-like view, to support browsing.

Darwent Revisited: Shanghai now and then

Photography is the context, subtext and pretext for an exhibition that opens today.  The exhibition includes new photographs by Jamie Carstairs inspired by the text of Shanghai: A Handbook for Travellers and Residents, a guidebook to the city by Revd. … Continue reading

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Revisiting Darwent’s Shanghai

Our pop-up exhibition, ‘Darwent Revisited: Shanghai now and then’, is unveiled on Saturday 9th February, at the Bristol City Museum, and then on Sunday 10th February at the city’s new M-Shed museum.  Funded by the AHRC and the British Academy, It … Continue reading

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Bronze armillary, Peking Observatory, 1875

To mark the vernal equinox on Tuesday 20th March, this is a photograph by Thomas Child (1841-1898) of part of the Ancient (Imperial) Observatory in Peking (Beijing).  The equinox (a word from Latin, meaning ‘equal night’) heralds the start of … Continue reading

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Metropole Hotel, Shanghai, 1930 上海新城饭店老照片

This photograph (BS-s11) of the Metropole Hotel under construction, is from the British Steel Archive Project, in Teesside, from whence came the girders for the building’s steel frame.  The Metropole was designed by Palmer and Turner, and was built on … Continue reading

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You press the button, we do the rest

Here then is ‘the rest’: at this Kodak Professional School in Shanghai in 1923, students are learning to spool and process negatives, enlarge, develop, fix and dry prints, then guillotine and dry mount them – the skilful practical application of … Continue reading

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Visualising China Demo at JISC Conference 2010

Earlier this month Simon Price and Nikki Rogers attended the JISC Conference 2010 in London. Nikki, the Visualising China project manager, was an invited panel member on a discussion session about maximising creativity of software developers and lessons learnt from … Continue reading

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Early Demo and Discussion with Steering Committee Members

An excellent meeting took place yesterday, bringing together key players in the Visualising China project, including our mentor, Grant Young from the University of Cambridge. Grant is providing a very useful “critical friend” role on the project. Before Christmas the … Continue reading

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MockUp of the planned VisualisingChina online tool

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Visualising China – Cross-searching Photographs from British Collections in a Web 2.0 context

The Visualising China project starts next month (September 2009) and runs into 2011. It is a collaboration between the I.L.R.T at the University of Bristol and the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol, building on recent digitisation … Continue reading

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