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historywired.jpgan interactive treemap visualization based on the original smartmoney market map, showing objects from various Smithsonian museum resources. the top part of the interface features a time bar that allows refinement according to time periods.
the map helps visitors find objects that interest them, as it shows 10 categories that represent different types of objects in the collections: each rectangle on the map face represents an object, & the relative size of the rectangle reflects the ratings given to objects by previous visitors to the site. this feature is meant to reflect the social cues & atmosphere found in a physical museum, & helps shape the exhibit. see also color project & google treemap. [si.edu]