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Capacity Planning for Meaning – Build or Buy?

MuseWeb, Online

There is a pervasive, and I think ultimately destructive, belief that everything we do needs to compete with and be measured in terms of the so-called "attention economy". We don't and we shouldn't.


Mapping Space, Time, and the Collection at SFO Museum

Museums and the Web, Baltimore

Everything I've described so far has been built using the same raw materials that we've made available for you to do something with.


be the diorama you want to take a selfie with

Conference on Mobile Position Awareness Systems and Solutions (COMPASS), San Francisco

Disney is to the museum sector what Google is the technology sector.


Who's On First :fist-bump: OpenStreetMap

State of the Map US, Boulder

For the record, punching OpenSteetMap (OSM) is not what I had in mind.

maîtres chez nous

NACIS, Montreal

The past I am sorry to say is our burden.

fault lines — a cultural heritage of misaligned expectations

MuseumNext, Melbourne

I fundamentally believe that the distinction between museums and libraries and archives, in the minds of people outside the cultural heritage sector is collapsing.


mapping with bias

Mapping with Perspective, San Francisco

The toxic trinity of "geo" has always been the unholy union of: licensing and coverage and quality.

the pendulum of bespokiness

Bosch Connected Experience, Berlin

We live in a world with enough technological surprise as it is.


henry moore on the runway

Museum Computer Network, Minneapolis

...but there are wall labels so it must be a museum, right?

Who's On First

FOSS4G, Seoul

the data is not the database

Everyone is Design Eagle

Code For America, San Francisco

A standing leap rarely succeeds.

Strategies against architecture: interactive media and transformative technology at Cooper Hewitt

Museum and the Web, Chicago

A scaffolding for managing absence

history is time breaking up with itself

Visual Resource Association, Denver

That's pretty much the entire reason the Pen exists.

the holodeck of motive

MoMA R&D Salon 13: Big Data, New York City

Email. They talked about this stuff in email.


this is my brick / there are many like it but this one is mine

LittleNets, New York City

Perhaps the greatest narrative abstraction we've ever known is the one we call "shareholder value".

debate is history

The Search is Over!, London

an "iconography of bias"

still life with emotional contagion

dConstruct, Brighton

hero objects

Collecting the present / digital code and collections

Museums and the Web, Baltimore

The point of asking the question is ... to point out that the question forces us to be able to articulate what we are trying to preserve and to account for and judge the how of the preservation methods accordingly.

what would elizabeth david do?

WebWise, Baltimore

Most important of all is the idea that "language is culture" is as true in programming as it is in the body politic as it is in cooking.

objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Technology experiments in art: Conserving software-based art, Washington DC

Which is hard for museums because we are all about the Rapture.


Quantified Selfies

National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program's Digital Preservation, Washington DC

protecting the present from itself

saving face

Museums and the Web, Portland

Honestly, I don't think we're "getting away" with anything because I don't think we're doing anything particularly subversive or even unusual.


time pixels

New Zealand National Digital Forum, Wellington

If anything what I am suggesting is more like Benoit Mandelbrot's map of England which keeps getting bigger as you measure it.


Museum Computer Network Conference, Seattle

To make explicit a kind of literal random access memory to our collection.

We Were Otaku Before It Was Cool

Access Conference, Montreal

And all we'd be doing is showing people what they've trusted us to keep safe.

Stories from the New Aesthetic

The New Museum, New York City

Which brings us to the Fifth Law of Robotics: That your insurance rates will always go up.

I am awake and connected to the network

CCA Urban Lab, San Francisco

the mappy equivalent of the electric bread knife


Museums and the Web, San Diego

Professionals may look at this and see so-called "vernacular" places but what everyone else sees is an avenue and a means to participate.

Archiving Flickr and Other Websites of Interest to Museums

Museums and the Web, San Diego

The New Aesthetic

SXSW Interactive, Austin

a lifesize balloon drone, though, remains a hard idea to let go off


Personal Digitial Archiving Conference, San Francisco

shadow copies


in the age of ubiquitous reproduction

an undisclosed location, New York City

the cost of inclusion

gossip begets genealogy

NACIS, Madison

the confidence of difficult

Using OpenStreetMap As a Divining Rod

State of the Map, Denver

the city and the city

Polymaps — Theory, Working Code and Gotchas

Where 2.0, Santa Clara

var map

(Authority Records, Future Computers and Other) Unfinished Histories

Museums and the Web, Philadelphia

the record player of authority

Pass the Corbusier

Built Works Registry Advisory Board Meeting, New York City


Agency is the Intelligent Design of the Internet

UCLA Statistics Department Seminar Series, Los Angeles

I want to believe (but I don't)


we need / MOAR dragons

California College of the Arts, San Francisco

banana noodles and bacon ice cream

Buckets and Vessels

Museums and the Web, Denver

the act of choosing

Machine Tags — Theory, Working Code and Gotchas

Museums and the Web, Denver

the shape of content

Agency Is the Intelligent Design of the Internet

Data and Cities Conference, San Francisco



The Undiscovered Country

GeoWeb, Vancouver

We need more dragons.

Communities of Authority

State of the Map, Amsterdam

What Would Mike Do?

$tag[$tags] = $tags;

Visual Web Meetup, San Francisco

That’s the funny thing about language.

The Bias of Interpretation

Museums and the Web, Indianapolis

The Hammock of Interpretation

ETech 09, Notes and Links

Flickr, San Francisco

This was just me projecting.

Talking a Line for a Walk

PaperCamp, London

The cost of interpretation

History Boxes

The Guardian, London


Capacity Planning for Meaning (in the age of personal informatics)

Design Engaged, Montreal

How things break and how they'll break us (?)

Aware Of Only One Voice

Where 2.0, San Francisco

Telling someone what neighbourhood they're in is a good way to start a fight.

(Part of Going Places on Flickr: The Significance of Geographical Information in Photos)

The API as Curator

Museums and the Web, Montréal

Computer programming is the acid bath of the Internet.

The Papernet 2008

Station C, Montréal

The learning is in the making

Data, Not Answers

NASA AMES, Mountain View

All APIs are basically just search.



Yahoo! Hack Day UK, London

My URL is a machine tag

The Papernet

XTech, Paris

Walking the line between making it easy enough for people to bother putting data in to a system and still useful enough to make it worth the trouble of getting it out.

The Scribblenet

Bay Area ACM, Palo Alto

APIs, Machine Tags & Magic Words & Building the Do What I Mean Engine

WTF Is On First?

SXSW, Austin

Last year online mapping was emerging, now it's everywhere; on your mobile, in your camera, on your wearable head-up display, in your location aware clothing, even on paper and in your kids. Which of those did I totally make up? Guess it's time to check in with those people who actually make maps, merge virtual and real worlds at location flux points, and, you know, put maps online.


Snakes On A Phone

Yahoo, Sunnyvale

mobile nokia python s60


That's Quite A Moutful

Canadian SemanticWeb Interest Group Meeting, Montréal

Design Issues and Technical Challenges Making the Eatdrinkfeelgood Markup Languge RDF-Friendly