This blog follows Olivia Vane’s research in interactive data visualisation.

Cultural institutions have become swamped by digital data. Digitising the objects, images and texts in their collections has resulted in millions of electronic records; the British museum currently has over 900,000 images in its digital collection and is adding 2,000 new ones each week. How can museums, archives and libraries make sense of it all? Olivia’s research explores how data visualisation may be used to reveal patterns and insights in digital collections data. She is currently working with partners at the Wellcome Library and the V&A, and completed a Smithsonian Fellowship at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York City in 2017.

Olivia is a PhD candidate in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art, London. She is funded by an AHRC LDoc scholarship and supervised by Stephen Boyd Davis, Professor of Design Research.

Olivia holds a BA and an MSci in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Since graduating she has worked as a designer/developer in London. Her graphic & web design portfolio can be found here.

Contact: olivia.fletcher-vane@network.rca.ac.uk