New York State Landmarks

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For this project I chose to explore datasets related to historic landmarks in New York State, which includes individual landmarks, i.e. historic houses, monuments, etc., and historic districts, which are usually whole neighborhoods or large portions of neighborhoods. All of this information was ultimately pulled from New York State’s open data project. I exported the…

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Monday Night Wars

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

About the Project “Monday Night Wars: Data From Wrestling’s Golden Age” is a project that uses python programming and data visualization techniques to unpack and era of professional wrestling called “Monday Night Wars.” The project was created by Kate Meizner for LIS-664 at Pratt SI. “Monday Night Wars” references a six year ratings battle between…

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Mapping Brooklyn Historical Society

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

I chose to webscrape the Brooklyn Historical Society’s digital images collection for my final project. I thought this might be easily achieved because the site itself presents all search results in a table that seemed like it would be easy to loop through. My initial goal was to create a map in Google Maps with…

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Mollusca

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Before photography there was drawing. Scientists and artists around the world first used illustrations to depict natural flora and fauna for study. Some of these scientific illustrations are so detailed that they can still be recognized as the species today (Biological Illustration, 2016). The study of Mollusks has always interested me. I have been collecting…

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Mapping Alan Lomax

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A recorder of folk music around the world, Alan Lomax is largely responsible for the existence of many of the classic blues and other field recordings that exist today, including recordings by Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, and more. Today his recordings are held at the Library of Congress, but from 1942…

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Visualizing The Rijksmuseum

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Museum APIs are an excellent resource for exploring information in collection records that public facing collection search interfaces (e.g., those found on most museum websites) do not provide access to. This project utilizes the Rijksmuseum API and the Getty Research Institute’s Union List of Artist Names Vocabulary (ULAN) to take a closer look at the…

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Boston MFA Tsuba Collection

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This WordPress site is the product of scraping the online tsuba collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The BMFA has a large digitized collection online which can be searched through their website. This site focuses on the tsubas in the collection. A tsuba is a hand guard for a japanese sword usually found…

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Wikidata Exploration

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Exploring Wikidata Properties With the Linked Jazz Name Directory My project is focused on exploring Wikidata as a source of linked data, using data from the Linked Jazz project as a starting point. The Linked Jazz project is focused on exploring linked open data in the context of cultural institutions. Linked Jazz aims to discover…

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Photography Of James Van Der Zee

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James Van Der Zee was a self-taught African American photographer of the 20th century. He photographed the lives of African American predominately in Harlem where his first photo studio opened in 1916. Currently his photography collection is available at The Met and many of his phots can be viewed on their website. My project has…

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Repurposing Archival Metadata

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Repurposing Archival Metadata with the Python CSV WriterProject Presentation.

Lyric Analysis

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Background For my PFCH project, I started out working with API to extract data. When I saw instructions from API provider, I realized there are a lot of limitations to what I could do with APIs. I learnt that many websites have APIs to help developers with data extraction. While APIs are created to be…

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DBO:INFLUENCE

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The goal of this project is to perform a preliminary investigation on the quality, thoroughness, and implicit biases found on the semantic web. The focus of my work is DBpedia, a crowd-sourced community effort to extract structured information from Wikipedia and make this information available on the Web. As one of the largest source of…

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Linnaeus Tripe’s Photography

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For my project, I used the Victoria & Albert Museum’s API (http://www.vam.ac.uk/api/). I found the API to be more usable than other museum APIs because it offers a Query Builder, which allowed me to build a URL; the Builder made it clear which parameters I needed to use when writing my script. I chose to…

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Linked Jazz Meets Carnegie Hall

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Background: This project was inspired by our involvement with Linked Jazz, a research project based at Pratt Institute that investigates the application of Linked Open Data technologies to digital cultural heritage materials. The work is built on a collection of 50+ jazz oral history transcripts from which relationships between jazz musicians are derived. When the…

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Metropolitan Hall of Fame

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Major League Baseball has inducted 310 people into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, dating back to the Hall’s first class of inductees in 1936. The members of the Hall of Fame (HOF) include iconic American figures, such as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, familiar even to non-baseball fans. Additionally the Metropolitan Museum of Art…

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Land of the Free Music Archive

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The Free Music Archive (FMA) is an online library of free, legal music downloads maintained by WFMU and curated by dozens of cultural institutions and music-minded organizations. FMA provides a framework for hosting and sharing new output and its library currently features about 16,000 artists. Part of this framework is the detailed assignment of metadata…

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Python Radio

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For this project, I chose to explore some of the online data about Old Time Radio, which is usually defined as the radio shows that aired between 1920’s-early 1960’s. While there is a huge amount of information about these shows online, much of it is incomplete, difficult to access, and spread apart. I wanted to…

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Tack Spitter Circus

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What was known as ‘The Golden Age of American Circus’ lasted, roughly, from the last quarter of the 1800’s through 1950. During that time, circus as an industry got a huge boost from the expansion of the transcontinental rail system and managed to survive the Great Depression. The poster advertisements from this era remain so…

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Linked Open Data at the Whitney

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Background This project is the first half of a Linked Open Data Fellowship, a joint effort of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Pratt School of Information. Our goal: to explore potential linked open data projects for the Whitney using their rich data on artist and objects of the permanent collection. As a…

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Artists’ Books Holdings

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Our project, Artists’ Books Holdings, is an attempt to analyze and visualize data about artists’ books holdings on an international scale. This project is a work in progress created for LIS 664-Programming for Cultural Heritage (PFCH) at Pratt Institute. It illustrates our ability to work with data in a programmatic manner and create visualizations that…

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