I am a data visualisation designer, engineer and researcher based in London. I work with large cultural datasets, for example digitised collections of paintings, photographs, artefacts, maps, and newspapers.

Currently I'm a Research Software Engineer at the British Library and The Alan Turing Institute on the 'Living with Machines' research project, combining large-scale digitised historical collections with data science techniques.

Before this, I did a PhD—'Timeline Design For Visualising Cultural Heritage Data'—at the Royal College of Art, London in the Innovation Design Engineering department. As museums, libraries and archives digitise their physical holdings—images, objects, texts—the resulting volume of data can be difficult to make sense of or present. My PhD explored interactive visualisation as a way to make these kinds of datasets more accessible, understandable and ultimately usable. I created a number of timeline visualisations for institutions including the V&A Museum, the Wellcome Library and the Nordic Museum, Stockholm. My PhD was funded by an AHRC scholarship from the London Doctoral Design Centre.

I was awarded a Smithsonian Fellowship at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York City in 2017. The interactive I developed out of this fellowship, ‘Dive into Color’, was exhibited at Cooper Hewitt in the exhibition ‘Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color’ in 2018. I also interned at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the Human Experience and Design group in 2016.

Prior to this, I studied Physical Natural Sciences and History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

To get in touch: contact@oliviavane.co.uk / @OliviaFVane

Talks

'Generous Interfaces' panel
Netherlands Film Festival. (Invitation).
2020

Visualising cultural heritage collections: Is the data enough?
information+visualization talk series, Fachhochschule Potsdam - University of Applied Sciences.
Watch the video
2020

Research software engineering at one of the world’s largest libraries
KQ Codes Technical Socials, University College London.
2020

Designers — what are they good for (in data visualisation)?
Information+ conference, Potsdam, Germany
Watch the video
2018

Visualising cultural heritage collections
British Library, London. (Invitation).
2018

Visualising the Cooper Hewitt collection
EuropeanaTech conference, Rotterdam
2018

Timeline Visualizations
Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin. (Invitation).
2018

Using Data Visualisation to Make Sense of Digitised Collections
At Artificial Intelligence and the Archives ARA Archives and Technology. (Invitation).
2018

Visualising the Medical Officer of Health Reports
Wellcome Library, London. (Invitation).
2018

Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Cultural Collections
ACM CHI conference 2017 - Doctoral Consortium, Denver USA.
2017

Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Collections
Electronic Visualisation and the Arts conference (EVA 2016), British Computer Society, London.
2016

Writing

Design as externalization: Enabling research
Boyd Davis, S. and Vane, O.
Information Design Journal 25(1), pp.28-42.
2020

D3 JavaScript visualisation in a Python Jupyter notebook
Living with Machines blog
2020

Strange Times: Visualising the Oddities of Time Data
Nightingale: The Journal of the Data Visualization Society
2020

Timeline Design For Visualising Cultural Heritage Data
PhD Thesis, Royal College of Art
2019

Cultural Visualisation and the Value of Simplicity
EuropeanaTech Insight
2019

Making ‘Dive into Color’
Cooper Hewitt Labs blog
2018

Visualising the Royal Photographic Society collection: Part 2
V&A Museum blog
2018

Visualising the Royal Photographic Society collection
V&A Museum blog
2018

Text Visualisation Tool for Exploring Digitised Historical Documents
Vane, O.
ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2018)
Hong Kong
2018

Exploring the Cooper Hewitt collection with timelines and tags
Cooper Hewitt Labs blog
2017

Using Data Visualisation to tell Stories about Collections
Davis, S.B., Vane, O. and Kräutli, F.
Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference (EVA 2016)
British Computer Society, London, UK
2016
**Best Paper Award**

Exhibitions

Curator Computer Creator
The Barbican Centre
2019

Dive into Color exhibited in Design Research Evolution
London Design Festival
2018

Dive into Color exhibited in Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City
2018-2019

Workshops / Teaching

Data visualisation for cultural heritage collections course
British Library Digital Scholarship Training Programme
2020-

Introduction to D3 workshop
The Alan Turing Institute
2020

Visualising Cultural Heritage Collections with D3 workshop
Digital Scholarship, British Library
2019

Introduction to Creative Data Visualisation in D3 workshop
Royal College of Art
2019