A global point-in-polygon service that returns Who’s On First records and costs a few dollars a month to run.
The good news is that, when the airport and the museum began to resume on-site operations in earnest, the application I’d developed had been running unattended and attached to a big honking monitor for 18 months and everything still worked. The bad news was that no one wanted to touch any kind of public surface anymore.
On a personal note I am especially excited about the 2022 aerial imagery because it appears to have captured the aircraft I call “Cake Plane” visiting SFO.
On the surface this is a blog post documenting the steps to add a new record (an airport) to a catalog of geographic places (the sfomuseum-data-whosonfirst GitHub repository). Scratching the surface, though, it’s really a blog post about how SFO Museum supplements and extends the Who’s On First to meet the needs of our online efforts.
These third-party services that we use offer many benefits but too often we forget that they are not necessarily built for for longevity. Importantly it’s not necessarily their responsibility either. So long as there is a way for SFO Museum to export the things that it posts on a service we can and should take on some of the burden of preserving those efforts for posterity. That is, after all, the business of museums and libraries and archives.
Aside from solving an immediate technical problem we are excited about how this approach might be applied to future projects and we hope you will be too.