THATCamp 2014 - Live Blogging 3

THATCamp 2014 - Live Blogging 3

Monday, February 10, 2014

I'm back!

Liam Andrew and Desi Gonzalez (Hyperstudio - MIT)

Collaborations with ThoughtBot, Annotator, Stanford Humanities


AnnotationStudio: Mostly missed ( - code on GITHub

Art X? (an app): cultural events, exhibitions, and public sculpture. Basically links an event or work found through this app to other events of similar interest (looking for deep, not superficial, links (looking to make this open source)

(collaborating with ThoughtBot, MIT's LIST, and other museums to create app)


WHAM: World History of Art Mashup - a Case Study (A preliminary wireframe)
 - Nathalie Hager

Interested in the possbilities of cultural exchanges evident in objects (the blue-white between Persia and China as ean example)

this initiative reflects a shift to a more globally-oriented scope and class

what to do about the textbook? Stokstad, good, but built on the structure of the modern nation state

online versions? Met Timeline? Good, but has its own limitations.

Solution? The Mashup

flexible, online, open-data, reconfigurable, remix

Designs for this mashup

1st attempt: object, space and time - good, but........

2nd attempt: make the map the platform (entire background), with timeline embedded and top banner populated with objects

3rd attempt:
 map smaller, timeline on top, objects on bottom, lines of connection

4th attempt: and so on.....

current design gives top 80% over to map (left 2/3) and object(s) in focus and text (1/3), with bottom a series of timeline and an offering of stories

drilling down renders a more-focussed map and abundant links


available for use now? no, wireframe stage

from where would mashup be sourced? all of the best quality sources, text and web

really an interface design or a true mashup (connecting APIs - a series of small modules) (too big)? Not sure?

possible to emphasize context around the object? open to end-user contributions (open-source)

custom mashup? not locking down an interface? Why not Google Maps (or another open-source maps) as the platform for building? tools for students to customize the interface?

Okay, off to the breakout sessions!