New website gives bird’s-eye view of 1M+ digital images

Wednesday 1 July 2020

For the first time, visitors to the State Library of NSW’s website can explore more than 1.2 million digitised items from the Library’s collections in one go, with the launch today [Wednesday, 1 July 2020] of a new ground-breaking experimental website called Aereo.

According to State Librarian John Vallance: “The sheer size of the State Library’s digital collection can be overwhelming unless you know exactly what you are looking for. With Aereo, our online visitors can help us test a new way of exploring the Library’s online materials.”

“It’s a unique experience. You start with a bird’s-eye view of a vast mosaic of images and see the collection as a whole, before zooming down to earth,” says Dr Vallance.

There are many different categories to explore including manuscripts, journals, paintings and architectural drawings. Each can be organised in a way that makes exploration easier.

Aereo was devised by internationally respected designer and developer Mauricio Giraldo, who won the State Library’s 2019 DX Lab Fellowship. Mr Giraldo has previously worked on projects for the New York Public Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

Mauricio Giraldo will discuss the making of Aereo at a live online event, hosted by the State Library of NSW on Thursday 2 July.

Explore Aereo online here: dxlab.sl.nsw.gov.au/aereo
To get the best experience on Aereo, the DX Lab recommends using a desktop computer.

 

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