Getting Your Data to Your Users: A Nerdy Deep Dive into APIs, ETLs, and Aggregated Databases

Paper

Friday, April 30, 2021: 9:00am - 10:30am - - Paper Session

Nina Callaway, Art Processors, USA, David Newbury, Getty, USA, Rik Vanmechelen, The Museum of Modern Art, USA, Shyam Oberoi, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada

Published paper: Getting Your Data to Your Users: A Nerdy Deep Dive into APIs, ETLs, and Aggregated Databases

What does it really take to provide access to a museum’s data? The Getty, the Dallas Museum of Art, and MoMA shared similar challenges: They all wanted to integrate collection and archive data into multiple visitor-facing platforms, planning for both current use cases and future iterations. But they took different approaches: APIs, ETLs, middleware aggregators, or a combination of all three. Each institution made different choices based on their internal needs and the needs of specific audiences they wanted to emphasize.  Every audience has their own sets of values, and understanding the tradeoffs of data completeness, ease of use, flexibility, and timeliness needed to be weighed to come to the right solution for each institution.

Nina Callaway of Art Processors will facilitate a conversation with key members of each project: David Newbury of Getty, Rik Vanmechelen of MoMA, and Shyam Oberoi of Royal Ontario Museum (formerly of Dallas Museum of Art) about how these applications have been implemented to reduce museum staff efforts, support creative projects, and increase content capacity.  They’ll analyze why they made the choices they did, talk about the pros and cons of each and plans for the future.

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