Blog posts written by aaron cope

The @SFOMuseum Twitter Archive

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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 and tagged socialmedia and twitter.

Headers, menus and feeds - A quick update

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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 and tagged web.

People Looking at Art at SFO (1982 - 2019)

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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 and tagged sfo, history and photography.

Using IIIF (with AWS) at SFO Museum

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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 and tagged iiif, golang and aws.

Capturing flight data at SFO and SFO Museum

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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 and tagged sfo, whosonfirst, opendata and airplanes.

Where is Gate A1?

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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 and tagged sfo, history and whosonfirst.

Surface Areas – Photos and Depictions on the Mills Field Website

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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 and tagged flickr, sfo and whosonfirst.

Airlines and Companies and Enterprises (and Concordances)

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…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 and tagged exhibitions, opendata, whosonfirst and airlines.

Sweet spots between the extremes

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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 and tagged aws, golang, whosonfirst, maps, nextzen and rasterzen.

SFO Museum, Who’s On First and Airports

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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 and tagged exhibitions, opendata, whosonfirst and airports.

1,318 exhibitions in 38 years

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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 and tagged exhibitions, opendata and whosonfirst.

More old maps and more-better architectures

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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 and tagged architecture, maps, opendata, whosonfirst, sfo and history.

Who’s On First at SFO Museum

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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 and tagged architecture, opendata, whosonfirst, sfo and maps.

Old maps (and old map tiles) at SFO Museum

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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 and tagged maps and sfo.

Maps (and map tiles) at SFO Museum

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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 and tagged maps, nextzen, sfo, aws, golang and rasterzen.

Using IIIF at SFO Museum

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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 and tagged golang and iiif.

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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