Virtual Interiors (2019-2021)

The Virtual Interiors as Interfaces for Big Historical Data project focused “on the question of how we can develop and publish 2D/3D/4D user interfaces to the linked data of the Semantic Web in the form of digital maps and virtual rooms.” This involved historical data on the production and the consumption of creative industries in the Netherlands in the 17th century.

In the project I focused on designing and creating the rich types of user interfaces needed for accessing these historical data, as well as conducting user studies to evaluate them. In particular, I investigated analytical interfaces for 2D and 3D content, allowing researchers to do a deep dive into data, uncertainties and linked data, and experiential interfaces, to explore 3D historical spaces in a more playful way via Augmented and Virtual Reality. Role: researcher, designer, coder.

Read more in my blogpost on the Virtual Interiors website (archived version).

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Related publications:
Huurdeman, H., & Piccoli, C. (2021). 3D Reconstructions as Research Hubs: Geospatial Interfaces for Real-Time Data Exploration of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam Domestic Interiors. Open Archaeology, 7(1), 314–336. Download
Huurdeman, H., Piccoli, C., & van Wissen, L. (2021, June 1). Linked Data in a 3D Context: Experiential Interfaces for Exploring the Interconnections of 17th-Century Historical Data. DH Benelux 2021 - “The Humanities in a Digital World,” Leiden, the Netherlands. Download
Piccoli, C., Reuvekamp, B., Pantò, A., & Huurdeman, H. C. (2020, June 15). Reconstructing private libraries in the early modern period: A 3D virtual environment as the access point to explore the “Boekenkamer” of the Amsterdam regent Pieter de Graeff (1638 – 1707). SHARP 2020 (accepted) - conference postponed, Amsterdam.
Piccoli, C., & Huurdeman, H. C. (2020). Visualizing 17th Century Amsterdam Interiors: Towards a Methodological  Framework for Creating and Publishing Annotated 3D Reconstructions. Sharing Practices - Archaeological 3D Visualisation in the Netherlands. Archon Winter School Symposium, Amersfoort / Amsterdam.
Huurdeman, H. C., & Kamps, J. (2020). Designing Multistage Search Systems to Support the Information Seeking Process. In W. T. Fu & H. van Oostendorp (Eds.), Understanding and Improving Information Search (pp. 113–137). Springer International Publishing. Download
Huurdeman, H. C., & Piccoli, C. (2020). “More than just a Picture” – The Importance of Context in Search User Interfaces for Three-Dimensional Content. Proceedings CHIIR 2020. CHIIR 2020. Download
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