INTRODUCING AN ONGOING NYC HERITAGE PROJECT
Travels through XYZ:Unearthing Historic NYC’s Hidden Metadata
PRESENTED DURING NYC OPEN DATA WEEK, MARCH 6-14, 2021
"We need to ask ourselves what shared set of tools, practices, tactics, infrastructures do we need to build collectively?"
"You need to go beyond the traditional approach of problem-solving, to the more complicated one of question asking . . ."
"Black engagements with technology occurred primarily within the musical sphere … to mix and remix, rewire and rerig things."
"That's what I want to do, ultimately: figure out a way to get the world engaged with discovery and protecting these ancient sites."
"Historic preservationists must be at the table at which the future of intelligence is now being programmed."
"Many AI systems are struggling with different cultural context. Can stories help machines build cultural IQ?"
"Collaborative open data platforms support scholarship and education, and enable new forms of knowledge . . .”
"I’d love to see more museums making crowdsourcing games because they’re a great way to engage audiences."
"Understanding, then, what it takes to move from paper to data that can be queried, mixed and aggregated is really crucial. . ."
"Data and data sets are not objective; they are creations of human design. We give numbers their voice . . . and define their meaning through our interpretations."
"We’re more than numbers. We’re people,and we have dreams and ideas. And reducing us to statistics is something that’s done at our peril."
"At the core of my research is the premise that the effect of machine learning on our engagement with images is fundamentally changing our society.”
"We can put AI to innovative uses that can help communities expand access to culture and explore new perspectives and connections through shared experiences."
"There are a lot of social and culture-specific norms that needs to be respected . . . you have to understand which principles you want to code. So, whose principles?"
"The more digital has embraced culture, and culture has embraced digital, the greater the increase in physical footfall across cultural institutions."