Flip Explorer

Flip Explorer

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http://tinyurl.com/flipexplorer

Contest Winner
Notable Mashing Achievement
Created by
Book Flippers (Edward Untu, Zhang Yu)
data.australia.gov.au datasets used

Powerhouse Museum Collection

Other datasets used
Powerhouse Museum Collection Search 2.5

Flip Explorer combines an interactive online search interface, 3D tagcloud, and timeline widget, with a natural and familiar reading environment for mashups of digital knowledge collections. The user interface has been designed to present as a ‘book’, where pages displaying parts of a collection can be read and easily browsed as you would any physical book. For the MashupAustralia contest, Flip Explorer uses the Powerhouse Museum Collection dataset, as well as the museum’s picture library. Search results are organised chronologically and indexed by time period for ‘timeline’ browsing.

Judges' Comments: Flip Explorer combines an interactive online search interface, 3D tagcloud, and timeline widget, which allows you to browse through the Powerhouse Museum’s Collection as you would any physical book. Although not truly a mashup of more than one data source, the judges felt that this was an impressive use of a visual interface.

3 Responses to “Flip Explorer”

  1. Robert says:

    I’m not generally a fan of Flash but I think this works really well. It would lend itself well to touchscreen – the sort of thing you could imagine being installed in the museum lobby..

  2. Zhang Yu says:

    Hi Robert,

    Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I hope I and Edward could try the touch screen version in the future. :)

  3. Adam Kennedy says:

    This is really gorgeous, although I disagree about the touch screen thing, because I notice some of the functionality depends on the subtle distinction between mouse-over vs drag.

    It’s worth experimenting with though.

    I think I would have liked the photos a little bigger, and I initially expected the search to be more like a filter.

    But in general I really liked it, and I agree completely that with a little polishing this is just the sort of thing that I’d love to see inside the Powerhouse Museum, so people can look through more of the pieces that AREN’T physically out on the floor.