Hello Everyone! My name is Andy, and the focus of my Senior Project will be on improving the accessibility and durability of historical information. This will happen at the Library of Congress, where I will be working with their preservation department. More specifically, I will be creating visualizations of certain artifacts, working to integrate all the information about the artifact into an easy to use format. Our knowledge of history, though constantly growing, is limited by what is left behind by past civilizations. Though hundreds of thousands of artifacts continue to give us valuable information about the past, the ability for us to preserve this information is limited by time. The digital transformation of the information these artifacts contain will help ensure this knowledge remains for generations to come.
What really drew me into this research project was the hands-on computer science experience I would receive. Computer science is something that I have always been interested in, and when I was searching for a research question and an internship site, I wanted it to help me learn some real-world computer science applications in the real world, and I wanted to contribute to something meaningful. This opportunity I was given allowed me to accomplish all these things. I am able to work with real data, to analyze it and to organize it in an easily comprehensible manner. My primary tool I will be using throughout this project will be the International Interoperability Image Framework API, or the IIIF API. The IIIF is an organization that provides structured methods to retrieve and display images in supported image viewers, and to make it easy-to-access. For this week, I will be working on reading and understanding everything about this API, and to look at implementations of the API and understand them. Along with this, I will be understanding how to integrate this information from the API into Mirador, the image software that I will be using to make all this information accessible.