The Marais Museum project is an archive of more than 500 visual documents and roughly 800 text documents related to the historic Marais neighborhood of Paris. Created from materials originally collected to provide historic background to the users of the CD-ROM Dans un Quartier de Paris, the Marais Museum archive includes photographs, lithographs, paintings, postcards, and other materials spanning more than five centuries. Faceted browsing enables students to explore the images and accompanying text in various ways. Students can also use integrated mapping and timeline features to investigate a variety of topical issues such as politics, economics, culture, religion, and everyday life. Although built to supplement the CD-ROM, the Marais Museum archive stands on its own, offering a wealth of documentation and information on one of the most important neighborhoods in Paris.
A prototype site using SIMILE’s Longwell facetted browser can be accessed here.
Hyperstudio RoleConceived and developed project to provide broader access to a rich collection of materials. Developed tools for visualizing content both geographically and temporally. Provided faceted browsing.
HyperStudio Team: Christopher York, Karen Verschooren
Project Lead: Gilberte Furstenberg, senior lecturer in French at MIT