Our collection data can now be found on the iPad courtesy of Wayne Bishop and his Art Collections app.
Tell us about the app you’ve created.
Our application, named Art Collections, is a free app that allows users to browse art, photographs, antiques and other content from the museum. The application provides access to over 25,000 pieces and was built specifically for the iPad (and iPad 2) because the large touchscreen allows users to scan, zoom, and touch the art. The app is available in the iTunes App Store.
How did you hear about the Brooklyn Museum API?
We heard about the Brooklyn Museum API through the Creative Commons (cc) website. We were really impressed with the level of sophistication put into the model, as it closely mimics an API one would normally associate with a technology company like Google or Amazon. When building an app using someone else’s data, one needs to have confidence not only in the data, but with other components like performance, documentation and support. We’ve been really happy with the end product and our decision to use the API.
If there’s one thing you’d really like to do in version 2, what would it be?
An important goal for the project has been to experience the richness of art in a casual setting. Now that the foundation is place, we see being able to put the app in slideshow mode as the next major feature. It would allow for casual discovery of new favorites.
Shelley Bernstein is the Vice Director of Digital Engagement & Technology at the Brooklyn Museum where she works to further the Museum's community-oriented mission through digital projects. Through her work at the Museum, she explores the intersection of public participation and digital and has organized three projects— Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition, Split Second: Indian Paintings, GO: a community-curated open studio project—which enabled the public to participate in the exhibition process. She's currently working on a museum-wide digital initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their Bloomberg Connects program. In 2010, Shelley was named one of the 40 Under 40 in Crain's New York Business and her work on the Museum's digital strategy and approaches to social media have been featured in the New York Times. She can be found biking to work or driving her '74 VW Super Beetle in Red Hook, Brooklyn with her dog Teddy. ::contact::