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2021-2022 MoMA LOD Fellowship: Realizing MoMA Exhibition Data through Wikidata

In congruence with the ongoing efforts of MoMA to make its exhibition history available online, the work completed through my MoMA Linked Open Data Fellowship built upon work of previous fellows to model art exhibition event concepts through Wikidata, an open knowledge base, enabling a further reach and connectivity of the institution’s archive and collection data.

Semantic Lab at Pratt: Linked Data for Archival Exploration – A Use Case from the Rauschenberg Archives Part 2 Exploration: Queries and Visualizations

After generating and modeling linked open data from Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), a collection of documents from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s artist archive, the Semantic Lab is now focusing on how to leverage the data for archival exploration.

Processing and Creating a Finding Aid for The Department of Photography Records at the Brooklyn Museum Archives

During my time as the Pratt Fellow in the Brooklyn Museum Archives I worked on processing and completing a finding aid for one of the most utilized collections that is currently also the most challenging to access. This collection comprises the bulk of the institution’s visual representation, the Department of Photography records [PHO]. As part of processing the collection, I had to extract information about the collection from Microsoft Access and migrate it to ArchivesSpace. My poster presentation will showcase some of my experiences while completing this project.

A MAP for HEMI: Cataloging Performance Art Videos

This presentation is intended to guide the creation and implementation of metadata for an online digital video library of performances and interviews from the Hemispheric Institute of Performance…

Public Posts, Personal Privacy, & Preserving Past and Present: How the Right to be Forgotten Could Comprise Our Digital Heritage

This paper examines the right to be forgotten (RTBF) in the context of archival practice, specifically the ways in which it may impact digital archives that collect social media content.

Homemaking: Modern Architecture and Decorative Crafts from the Bill Maris and Julie Semel Collection

This exhibition contains images by Bill Maris and Julie Semel, architectural and design photographers. During the 1970s and 1980s, architectural firms and magazines regularly commissioned their work. “Homemaking” compares their creative output, highlighting the spectrum of modern homes and the ornamentation that defined domesticity in the late 20th-century.

Cultural Trauma and Reconciliation: Mau Mau and the Case for an Inclusive Archive

This paper will discuss governments as sources of evidence and how they can be used to conceal human rights abuses and perpetuate state-sponsored narratives of truth. Using the British Empire’s systematic imprisonment and abuse of the Mau Mau in Kenya as a case study, I will consider the ways in which colonial governments have favored certain types of records and organizational structures over others to avoid accountability, maintain idealized narratives of nation and empire, and suppress and erase histories of subjugated cultures.

Digitizing Cultural Heritage: Beyond Risk Management

In this paper, I discuss the history of copyright’s development, highlighting the steady increase in control of copyright holders as well as explaining the limited protections extended to libraries and archives. I use several case studies to illustrate the role of risk management and its uneven success in the digitization of library and archival resources. Finally, I propose several alternative ways of addressing the challenge that copyright poses, including the suggestion that judicial lawmaking would be an effective way to clarify the applicability of the fair use doctrine.

Supporting Software Preservation @ NYPL

As the Pratt Digital Preservation & Archives Fellow at NYPL, I’ve been working with the Library’s Digital Archivist to address issues surrounding software preservation. This presentation will discuss such digital preservation tools as Wikidata, PRONOM, and Archivematica—and how they’ve been implemented toward the long-term preservation of a proprietary software and its associated file formats.

Images from the New York Times’ George Tames collection

Poster showcase of the image of George Thames, White House photographer

The Semantic Lab: Local 496 Project and Batiste Project

The Local 496 Project transforms the American Federation of Music’s Local 496 union list into a semantic data network. This document is a 1940’s directory of the segregated African-American chapter of New Orleans jazz musicians. This project will highlight the Batiste family network, many of whom are listed in the directory.

Appraisal and ICE Detention Records: The Impact of Records Management on Government Transparency and Accountability

In 2017, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) approved Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s request to destroy records of in-custody deaths, assaults, and misconduct in timelines that range from 3-20 years. This project explores the history of ICE’s recordkeeping practices and examine NARA’s justification for this appraisal.

Studio Database

The Database Development and Design course culminated in the design and implementation of a relational database of my own invention. Branching off my interest in the intersection of studio practice and information science, I realized a relational database that would serve the painting practice of my art studio. The project was approached in three phases including modeling, implementation, and querying.


Exploring Linked Open Data for Off-Off-Broadway

Digitizing the New York Times: George Tames photographs – Part II

In this second part of the two-part presentation, students from Projects in Digital Archives will introduce some of the technical aspects involved in digitizing the photographs of George Tames (New York Times Whitehouse photographer), including technical issues related to digitization, metadata, technology and design of the digital archive.

Digitizing the New York Times: George Tames photographs – Part I

Kevina Tidwell and Meg Edison will introduce a photography digitization project taken place at Pratt this semester in collaboration with the New York Times: the photographs of George Tames. George Tames is known as the “Photographer of Presidents.” He covered Washington, DC, as a news photographer for the New York Times from 1945 to 1985, photographing 10 United States presidents as well as many members of Congress and foreign leaders such as Winston Churchill and Nikita Kruschev. Tidwell will provide introduce the collection and provide historical background and context.

3D Scanning in Archives and Special Collections

This is a presentation on the uses of 3D Scanning to digitize and share objects from special collections and for cultural heritage. It will describe methods of 3D scanning and different ways to use the scans to digitize objects, connect with the public, share the objects with other institutions.

Archiving Architectural Records

The difficulty of archiving architectural records stems from their wide variation in content, users, and application. The broad range of insight they can provide is needed by a varied audience, thus it is important to discuss methods of archival standardization to better preserve and provide this exponentially growing resource.