SFMOMA’s rationale is that only five per cent of its nearly 35,000-strong collection is ever on display at a given time and it’s impossible for visitors to appreciate, let alone view, every piece of art. To see each artwork on display, visitors would have to walk 11 kilometres. To see all the artworks, visitors would have to walk almost 200 kilometres.
Send Me SFMOMA is a way for visitors to contemplate individual pieces on their own time and to interact with the collection when they’re not at the museum.
Behind the scenes, a visitor’s text message is translated into a request to the SFMOMA collection API, which is powered by GLAMkit. GLAMkit looks up the results and returns a record for the work, which is sent to the user as a text. It’s simple, but captivating.
Read Jay Mollica's post at SFMOMA about it here.
3. Printed "What's On This Month" handouts
This is another inventive solution from Andy Serong at ACMI. Each month, ACMI puts together a printed handout detailing the upcoming films and other events at the museum. Until now, the handout has been created manually by a designer in InDesign.
Andy created a short script for the internal team that would pull events data and images from GLAMkit via an API, and lay them out in a PDF. The PDF can then be tweaked if necessary, and sent straight to the printer each month.
What used to take several hours can now be done in a few minutes which gives the team plenty of time to do happy dances, led by Andy. It's an internal project at the moment, but keep an eye on ACMI Labs for the release and write-up.
Since we first wrote this…
… Lucie Paterson at ACMI published this article about getting GLAMkit to drive Trello to help out with project management for events at ACMI.
All these uses are possible because the way we build GLAMkit sites depends on good modelling of the core data, so the website becomes a hub for a lot of the information and data flowing around the museum. GLAMkit also exposes all this through REST APIs that make additional apps easier to develop.
What would you like to use GLAMkit data for? Get in touch to tell us your ideas.