Digital projects are a great way to promote collections. At SC&A we having been adding new ways to interact with materials from our collections online.
One online tool we are using to highlight the Federal Theatre Project collection is the Library of Congress endorsed Viewshare. Viewshare is a dynamic tool that allows users to upload data and then visualize that data in new and exciting ways. Among the viewing options is a gallery, map, timeline, list, table, and pie graph. We have utilized some of these views to create a new display of our Federal Theatre Project Poster, Costume, and Set Design Slide Collection. Users can now browse the collection in a gallery view, list view, or on a map (above) or on a timeline (below).
Since data uploaded to Viewshare can be set to public it is also possible for users to create their own “views” based on the data we have created. Here is a link to our data set – http://viewshare.org/data/gmu_sca/federal-theatre-project/