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

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

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

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

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

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

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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Persian Manuscripts in Cultural Institutions

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Originally the aim of this project was to search two cultural heritage institutions, the Walters Museum and the Brooklyn Museum, to isolate objects on a collection level – specifically manuscripts – and then distill this data on an item level. A script was written in Python for each museum to pull the relevant data. The…

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Analyzing Modernism

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Analyzing Modernism: Modern and Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a data analysis and visualization capstone project for Programming for Cultural Heritage, a practical seminar based at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science. This project consolidates paintings- and sculpture-related metadata corresponding to the Museum’s Department of Modern and…

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Educators Twitter Network

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For my final project, I used Twitter’s REST API and a Twitter library for python, called twitter-python, to acquire the timelines of over 500 self-identified teachers on Twitter. I then used python to parse, extract, and structure the user timeline data for a visualization program. I was interested in seeing the ways in which teachers…

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Tumblr Image Bot: a friendly social-media robot

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

The ARChive of Contemporary Music website features many image galleries depicting items from the collection, including records, CDs, sheet music, music-related books, and ephemera. Since the launch of the site in May 2014, web traffic to the galleries has been relatively low, about a third of the number of users that hit the homepage. The…

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JSON-LD for Cemetery Data

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

BACKGROUND: This project’s naissance was in the bottom shelves of a local history & genealogy department of a middling public library in Maine. Resting on those shelves are cemetery maps, names and dates-data one could employ to find the resting place of an ancestor, or fodder for any number of studies and stories-cloistered in binders,…

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NYT Timeline

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This project is a timeline from 1915 to the present showing headlines with the words “birth control” from the New York Times. We wrote a script in Python (nytimes_api.py) to pull the relevant data from the NYT Article Search API; this included the publish date, a text snippet, and the URL to the full article….

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Scraping & Analyzing Photography Auctions

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This is a project I worked on for the course “Programming for Cultural Heritage” at Pratt SILS in the fall of 2014. I became interested in the Dreweatts Auction House because I am QA’ing the website for my job at the Frick Art Reference Library’s Web Archiving Initiative. As a student of art history/library science…

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Quipu: Chinese Exclusion Act

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This Python 3.4 script is an attempt to build a simple web page of primary sources for a single subject. It queries resources in digital archives and special collections to retrieve metadata. It also downloads the thumbnails and URLS for the resources. This code is written to specifically find materials on the Chinese Exclusion Act….

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Spanish Artists Dictionary Project

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Introduction The Spanish Artists Dictionary (SAD) is a reference source created by scholars at the Frick Art Reference Library. Originally a print publication, the dictionary was formatted as a Filemaker database in the early 1990s and made available through the Frick’s online research portal. The database consists of 5,186 records describing Spanish artists; these records…

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Wiki Scrape

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For my final project I data scraped the Harry Potter Wiki site. I initially intended to create a script where I scraped all the listed character’s names and birthdates on the site. Then I planned to transpose that information onto a timeline, using Knightlab’s TimelineJS program, where a person could view the characters of the…

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Not being photogenic in the age of Instagram: Natural History Museums

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Natural history museums are some of the most easily accessible museums to people of all walks of life and of all ages. How many of us went to a natural history museum in 2nd grade as a field trip? It’s easy to see how these natural history museums relate to so many of the lessons…

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Digital Strategy at The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For this interview, I spoke with the Director of Cross Platform Publishing, Strategic Partnership, and Acting Director of Digital and Emerging Media, Pamela Horn. Q. What is your job title at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum? A. I hold several job titles at the museum. They are: Director of Cross-Platform Publishing, Strategic Partnership, and Acting Director…

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InstaFame: Is It Relevant to Museums?

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Technology is often touted as the force moving society forward, a democratizing force. Social media technology, especially, has the power to build networks of people all over the world. Museums aren’t new to social media, the majority are on several platforms. It is an inevitable reality of the present, and while some may consider it…

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Digital Strategy at the SFMOMA

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

SFMOMA Logo Since its inception in 1935 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been in the forefront of innovative and successful museum strategy. This rings especially true after their reopening in 2016, to glean more insight on what it takes to not only stay relevant but true to your institution’s mission, vision,…

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Documenting the Document: Visualizing Connections Among the Snowden NSA Papers

April 4, 2018 / 0 comments

PPT Slide Show: Documenting the Document Student’s Name: Alexander Whelan Title of Project: “Documenting the Document: Visualiazing Connections Among the Snowden NSA Papers” Abstract: This network study visualizes every available document from the Snowden Document Search, a collaborative online repository between Courage Foundation and Transparency Toolkit which collects and codes metadata for NSA documents leaked…

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Decoding Picasso: Developing Visual Literacy in Children

April 4, 2018 / 0 comments

Tony and Kurt will report on a study that examined methods for engaging young children in visual literacy instruction. The study was conducted by LIS 630 (Research Design/Methods) students in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library. A brief summary is below. More detailed information can be found on these slides: InfoShow 2017 – Decoding Picasso…

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