A milestone has been achieved with respect to the Online Gallery of Public Interactives project. A curation process is ongoing in terms of collecting examples for entry into a database that will serve the forward and public facing version of the project, where that database has now grown to hold over ONE THOUSAND entries. Some entries in the database contain more information than others. For instance, approximately 250 feature detailed information about a particular example, while the remaining only contain a URL, with the intention of utilizing automation to populate the remaining data.
School of Media Studies and PIRT research associate David Wilson, who is leading the curation process, had this to say about reaching the 1,000 entry milestone:
“As the project grows and we collect and log more and more examples, we’ll be able to begin to put a solid visual reference towards addressing the question of WHAT ARE PUBLIC INTERACTIVES. We’ll be able to understand better public interactives antecedents and a type of taxonomy, as well as understand who are employing this emergent media form, where, why, and perhaps what may come next. In addition, we’ll also be able to more concretely address inquiry as to WHY OR WHY NOT A GIVEN MEDIA PIECE IS, OR IS NOT, A PUBLIC INTERACTIVE.”
More updates to follow as the project continues to unfold.