Crossing Disciplines is a tool to explore the books in the Columbia University Libraries that are at the intersection of two or more disciplines.
Click two or more subjects around the ring - the top 25 most interdisciplinary subjects in the library - or mouseover inner circles to see their subject connections. Click one to reveal its collection of connected books.
Circles are placed on tiers according to how many subjects they are connected to
2 subjects at the outermost tier - many books are related to different pairs of subjects
3 subjects for the next tier
...and 6 subjects - there is only one collection of books related to 6 subjects
Use your mousewheel to zoom in and out of areas
Each circle represents a collection of books related to a unique set of subjects
Its size relates to how many books it contains.
1 in this case
Mouseover and lines spike towards the related 3 subjects: Science, Art and Architecture
And vice versa:
Click on subjects around the ring to see which collections of books relate to those unique subjects
The book list displays individual titles
Click any title to view its record in the Columbia University Libraries.
The search might incite new discoveries amidst the 125,000 entries that include multiple disciplines in their catalogue description.
A digital library tool for multidisciplinary exploration.
Spatial Information Design Lab
Laura Kurgan, Project Director
Jen Lowe, Data Visualization and Data Analysis
Annelie Berner, Application and Design Development, D3 Progamming.
Alex Gil, Jeffrey Lancaster, Barbara Rochenbach
Represented subjects are the 25 most interdisciplinary in the Columbia University Libraries. They are arranged around the ring according to frequency - where Claims etc.* has the highest frequency of connected books.*Claims encompasses four subjects: Legislative Amendments, Military pensions, United States, and Claims.
Each circle represents a collection of books related to a unique combination of subjects. For example, Art, Architecture and Science have 1 book in common - the circle that represents this intersection is on the tier of circles with 3 connections.
Each circle's diameter is scaled to how many books are in its "collection."
The inner glyph shows the direction of the subjects it is related to - mouseover and the glyph will extend to touch those specific subjects.