Remembering the He’e Nalu : Wave Riding exhibition at SFO Museum
As legend has it according to O’Neill’s own account, his eureka moment shortly following the vest’s creation took place at San Francisco International Airport. After boarding a DC-3 for Los Angeles he looked down at the floor noticing a thin padding of black rubber sticking out from under the edge of the carpet. The material, a synthetic rubber invented by DuPont and named neoprene, helped insulate the heated passenger cabin from the frigid spaces below deck. It was smooth sealed, closed cell, flexible, quite strong, and proved fairly impervious to saltwater. Soon the era of the wetsuit was fueling the allure of surfing for the masses.
This is a blog post by john.hill. It was published on March 09, 2019.
The @SFOMuseum Twitter Archive
It is important to recognize that Belinda’s work is not simply “non-institutional contextualization of digitized collection objects” but an important contribution, one that is central to the museum’s mission. Darren’s comments, though, served to highlight the fact that we haven’t done a great job of “capturing” or “archiving” any of it. Until now!
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on March 06, 2019.
Headers, menus and feeds - A quick update
As you may have noticed from our last blog post “People Looking at Art at SFO (1982 - 2019)” we are in the thick of processing the back catalog of installation photos for all the exhibitions SFO Museum has done since 1980. I am already thinking about a second “People Taking Pictures of Art at SFO” blog post but in the meantime we’ve made a couple additions and few changes, improvements hopefully, to the Mills Field website itself.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on March 01, 2019.
People Looking at Art at SFO (1982 - 2019)
A selection of photos of people looking at the many exhibitions put on by SFO Museum, since 1982, throughout the terminals and the airport’s always-changing architecture. There is a lot more to say on the subject but this time we’ll let the pictures do the talking.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on February 26, 2019.
Using IIIF (with AWS) at SFO Museum
At the end of that first blog post about go-iiif we wrote “An ideal scenario is one where a museum could upload a set of full-sized images to a AWS S3 bucket, wait for Amazon’s computers to process each image … and then find a new set of images to download (along with a reasonable bill for services rendered) in a different S3 bucket.” Today, that is possible.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on February 12, 2019.
Capturing flight data at SFO and SFO Museum
This is historical data compiled by harvesting flight data throughout the day, aggregating it overnight and finally publishing atomic records for every flight that graces our runways. That’s interesting enough on the face of it but what we think is even more exciting is that every record contains pointers back to things already in the SFO Museum collection. … With only a few exceptions all of the airlines and gates and airports that comprise any given flight, on any given day, all have a pre-existing relationship with the objects in our collection.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on January 18, 2019.
Where is Gate A1?
We’ve updated the location data for gates to make the primary location, for each gate, the doorway between the terminal and jetway (rather than the jetway and an airplane).
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on January 14, 2019.
Surface Areas – Photos and Depictions on the Mills Field Website
Starting today there are pictures on the Mills Field website! Not all the images but approximately 1,500 photographs of exhibitions on display in the terminals and another 1,500 photos of airports and aircraft related to the SFO Museum collection, taken by Flickr users (and published under a Creative Commons license) … As I write this there are another 30 years worth of exhibition photos to process and another 100,000 Flickr photos to review so this is just the beginning but we’re excited to finally share the work we’ve already done so far.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on January 02, 2019.
Airlines and Companies and Enterprises (and Concordances)
…like all the other datasets we’ve published we’ve modeled “enterprises” as Who’s On First documents. Which, let’s be clear, is not really what Who’s On First was designed for. This is SFO Museum piggy-backing on an existing project and then starting to push it in new directions to suit our needs.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on December 03, 2018.
Dear Eric, Mr. Staller, Your Emperor of Creative Genius
Dancing around over the spinning shapes and colors was the happiest 20 minutes in my son’s life. He smiled non-stop - hopped and skipped with joy. Your art spoke to him on a level that I’ve never seen before and built a bridge from our world to his.
This is a blog post by sfomuseum. It was published on November 30, 2018.
Sweet spots between the extremes
This is a technical blog post about map tiles, caching, third-party services, so-called “serverless” computing and sustainability. It’s also about improvements to open-source software for managing all of that stuff.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on November 07, 2018.
SFO Museum, Who’s On First and Airports
There are between 4,000 to 5,000 medium to large airports in the world, in 2018. As of this writing about 300 are relevant – are “holding hands” – with the SFO Museum collection. As of today those airports and the countries they belong to have a home on the Mills Field website.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on October 30, 2018.
1,318 exhibitions in 38 years
Since 1980 SFO Museum has produced 1,318 exhibitions (an average of 34 per year) and today we are publishing them all on our website and as an openly-licensed dataset.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on October 17, 2018.
More old maps and more-better architectures
All of these many SFOs are important because they help to contextualize things (like the photo of Rotunda A) in the moment but also to demonstrate how that context has changed over the years.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on October 04, 2018.
Who’s On First at SFO Museum
Today, we are happy to announce the first release of historical building footprints and interior spaces, including galleries and public art, at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) as an openly licensed dataset. The data spans the years 1954 through 2018 and is published under the Linux Foundation’s Community Data License Agreement - Permissive 1.0 (CDLA).
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on August 28, 2018.
Why “Mills Field”?
This website is named in honor of the original “Air Port” at the site of what is now San Francisco International Airport.
This is a blog post by megan.callan. It was published on August 08, 2018.
Old maps (and old map tiles) at SFO Museum
Did you notice the aerial overlay of the airport in final image in our last blog post about maps? That’s what this blog post is about.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on August 07, 2018.
Maps (and map tiles) at SFO Museum
Maybe these maps are simply a fail-safe and only used when nothing else works. Their value then comes from giving us the confidence to try a more sophisticated approach while still having a way to get home safely, so to speak.
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on July 31, 2018.
Using IIIF at SFO Museum
This is a technical blog post about image processing. The short non-technical summary is that not only were we able to use open source software to simplify our image processing workflow (and reduce costs) but we contributed our improvements back to the project so that hopefully others in the museum sector may benefit from our work. Yay!
This is a blog post by aaron.cope. It was published on July 18, 2018.
Sometimes people say to us “I’m at the airport… where is the museum?” The answer is that the museum is everywhere inside the airport. That in many ways the airport is the museum.
This is a blog post by sfomuseum. It was published on July 11, 2018.