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Default Sort, or what would Shannon do?

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Jun 06, 2013 Up until recently our collections website displayed search results ordered by, well, nothing in particular. This wasn’t necessarily by design, we just didn’t have any idea of how we should sort the results. We tossed around the idea of sorting things by date or alphabet, but this seemed kind of arbitrary. And as search…

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Welcome to object phone. Your call has been placed in a queue.

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Apr 18, 2013 I made another small thing. Again, another way for me to experiment with the Collection API, and again, another way to experiment with new ways of accessing the collection. This time, there aren’t many screen shots to display–there is no website to look at. This time, it’s “Welcome to object phone!” (718)…

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Introducing the Albers API method

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Feb 06, 2013 We recently added a method to our Collection API which allows you to get any object’s “Albers” color codes. This is a pretty straightforward method where you pass the API an object ID, and it returns to you a triple of color values in hex format. As an experiment, I thought it…

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Curatorial Poetry

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Jan 16, 2013 I made a fun thing…yesterday. In my 20% time, downtime, er.. 2am time, I decided to build a simple tumblr blog called Curatorial Poetry. I was inspired by Aaron’s take on our collection data and how he chose to present objects in our collection that have no image, but have a “description.”…

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Getting lost in the collection (alpha)

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Oct 02, 2012 Last week marked a pretty significant moment in my career here at Cooper-Hewitt. As I’m sure most of you already know, we launched our Alpha collections website. The irony of this being an “alpha” of course is that it is by leaps and bounds better than our previous offering built on eMuseum….

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People playing with collections #14: collection data on Many Eyes

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Apr 25, 2012 I love seeing examples of uses of our collection metadata in the wild. bartdavis has uploaded our data to Many Eyes and created a few visualizations. I found it interesting to see how many “matchsafes” we have in the collection, as you can easily see in the “color blindness test” inspired bubble…

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Totally cached out

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Apr 23, 2012 We do a good deal of cacheing on our web properties here at Cooper-Hewitt. Our web host, PHPFog adds a layer of cacheing for free known as Varnish cache. Varnish Cache sits in front of our web servers and performs what is known as reverse proxy cacheing. This type of cacheing is…

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Building the wall

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Mar 29, 2012 Last month we released our collection data on Github.com. It was a pretty monumental occasion for the museum and we all worked very hard to make it happen. In an attempt to build a small example of what one might do with all of this data, we decided to build a new…

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Media servers and some open sourceness

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Feb 09, 2012 We use Amazon S3 for a good portion of our media hosting. It’s a simple and cost effective solution for serving up assets big and small. When we moved initially to Drupal 6.x ( about a year ago ) I wanted to be sure that we would use S3 for as many…

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Moving to the Fog

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Feb 02, 2012 When people have asked me where we host our website, I have usually replied with “it’s complicated.” Last week we made some serious changes to our web infrastructure. Up until now we have been running most of our web properties on servers we have managed ourselves at Rackspace. These have included dedicated…

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