Mills Field

Mills Field – a weblog from SFO Museum

We do everything ourselves at the museum, from curatorial to registration to exhibition design and installation and now digital. The goal of this weblog is to be a place where everyone at the museum can share their work and the motivations that guide that work, and inform what you see at the airport. Some of it will be tangible and immediate, some of it may be shop-talk, and some of it may be speculative and aspirational. We hope that all of it will be interesting and give you a reason to discover a little more of the museum the next time you’re at the airport or visiting us online. Here are the most recent posts from our blog!

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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.

Welcome

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.