A Brief Introduction to Folksonomy

This post was originally written as an assignment for my Representation and Organization class, as an explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of folksonomies. I had a little fun with it, so the tone isn’t entirely serious. A folksonomy is a user-generated system of metadata that fulfills a personal and/or social function of identifying and describing objects. The word system is misleading, however; although there are trends in the way people describe (“tag”) things, there are “no explicit systematic guidelines … Read More

Thoughts on the Perception of Pluto

In the world of the abstract, the world of the ideal, we would see things as they are, instead of as we perceive them. However, this is impossible – our brain is simply incapable of viewing things without attempts to simplify, to correlate, or to extrapolate. In many ways, this is to our advantage; in other ways, it hinders our attempts to understand the world around us. Neil de Grasse Tyson, in the recent series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, comments … Read More

Internship Journal #5

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June 27, 2014 This week has been pretty quiet; Jason is out of town and Ellen is busy working on the catalog database, which needs to be cleaned up before the item ingest into Omeka can happen. Once that is finished, there will be an excel spreadsheet for me to add tags to, but for the moment, I’ve been organizing my thoughts and the various project documents that I have. Large projects like this can be a little overwhelming, especially … Read More

Internship Journal #1

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May 27, 2014 While my main project during the course of my internship at the Mathers Museum will be to create a digital version of the 50th anniversary “Treasures of the Mathers Museum” exhibit using the Omeka platform, my first couple weeks will consist of reviewing another exhibit to prepare it for going live in June. This exhibit, called Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives focuses on a collection of objects collected by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The Ostroms were … Read More