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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Archiving Websites

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Jan 06, 2012 I would imagine that just about any organization out there will eventually amass a collection of legacy web properties. I know we have! Be it a microsite from 1998 or some fantastic ( at the time ) forum that has now been declared “dead” — it’s a problem. The big question being,…

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