Hopper at the Theatre

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This project investigates the cultural and theatrical landscape of Edward Hopper’s New York using linked open data (LOD) technologies. Leveraging the unparalleled collection of Hopper’s art and archival materials held by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hopper at the Theatre contextualizes the artist’s personal and professional geographies towards the end of the interwar period…

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Time(s) Splitter

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Time(s) Splitter by Richard Goldstein, 2017 The Programing for Cultural Heritage course provided me with my first Python encounter. In the background of learning its basic programming syntax and functions, William Burroughs kept creeping into my mind with Python being a means to scrape, recompose, and clarify or give new meaning to text. Using the…

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contamiNation

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

View Map What is this? What does it mean? This map was created in order to make localized data on lead contamination of United States public water sources available to the public. Such contamination stems from corrosion of old lead and copper plumbing fixtures that may be part of a building’s plumbing or the public…

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Spotlight on New York Vaudeville

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New York Public Library (NYPL) has embarked on a program to build an open database of the performing arts called Ensemble. Volunteers are transcribing theater playbills from the NYPL’s collection. As part of the program, 200 theater playbills from 1911-1922 have been transcribed and are available online. Each playbill has its own webpage that contains…

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Endangered Plants of Westchester and Fairfield Counties

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

While it is easy to get lists of threatened and endangered plants by state, it is not so easy to do this by county. The Greenwich Land Trust has tasked me with providing them with a list of endangered plants on their lands (over 700 acres) in lower Fairfield county adjacent to southern Westchester county….

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Peshawar Scrapin’

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CIA map of mujaheddin groups, 1985. “Peshawar Scrapin’” is my name for a project I undertook for my Government Information and Programming for Cultural Heritage classes in library school at Pratt. It is named for the Peshawar Seven, or the loose alliance of seven anti-Soviet mujaheddin groups who received US and Pakistani support during the…

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Hudson River Museum Data

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In the Fall of 2017, Ernie Garcia, a reporter for Lower Hudson Valley’s Journal News, e-introduced me to Masha Turchinsky, the Director of the Hudson River Museum. I was looking for an internship in archives and databases and the museum just so happened to be looking for someone to bring elements of their Google Cultural…

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Documenting ICE

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DOCUMENTING ICE was created in Prof. Matt Miller’s course, Programming for Cultural Heritage at Pratt’s School of Information by Mia Bruner. My goal was to see how programming could act as a tool to compile a central collection of records documenting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: FOIA requests, detention facilities, available government records, and resources….

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Visualizing the Paston Letters Network

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Visualizing the Paston Letters Network displays the network generated between letter writers and recipients from the Paston Letters and Documents collection. This collection contains primary sources from the Paston family, a fifteenth-century gentry family from Norfolk, England. The material for this project came from Norman Davies’ edition of Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth…

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Python and the Queer: Utilizing coding to analyze the American LGBTQ community through data and information

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Even as amateur Python coders, scripts can help ease the tediousness and concentration of time when working with data. This project is our exploration of python coding, in order to analyze what government and media information expresses about different aspects of the LGBTQ community in the United States. Vist project site for more info and…

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Failure to Communicate : Taxonomy vs. Folksonomy in Hip-Hop Cataloging

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This project examines library cataloging practice versus user-generated metadata for hip-hop and rap music. I chose to compare subject fields used for albums classified as Rap (Music) in MARC records versus last.fm tag metadata for the same albums..

Exploring Magic the Gathering (and Gathering) Data

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For this project, I looked at card data from Magic the Gathering by using the “all sets” MTG JSON file found at mtgjson.com. This file sorts all cards data by the set they were released in. I was interested in measuring two aspects of the card data: word frequency in flavor text, and “power creep,”…

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Ghosts in The New York Times

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For this project, I wanted to explore the coverage of ghosts and haunted houses by The New York Times. I am the Senior Taxonomist for The New York Times and part of my work is to promote our archives and the use of our tool TimesMachine. I was inspired to do this research while looking…

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New York State Landmarks

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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

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

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

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

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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