This collection dashboard provides a vivid visual representation of the collection and its parts. What are the biggest categories? the most popular? what's been added recently? These provide entry points for exploration.
Typical digital collections present themselves as an empty search box. Sometimes, a list of categories is given, sometimes with thumbnails. Adding additional context allows many more entry points for browsing collection items. Further, the collection as a whole--it's history, change and flow--becomes an object for exploration.
At it's most basic, the dashboard simply surfaces existing information in graphics. Additional metadata allows for richer exploration.
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