Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Late Night Conversation - Brian Foo

I had such a great conversation with Brian Foo, web developer and artist at NYPL Labs, a few weeks ago. We talked about oral history, data visualization, and the public domain. NYPL Labs has been working on making public domain documents more available, and has created a few examples for creative ways to remix them. My favorite is probably Navigating the Green Book, which maps itineraries for different routes based on data found in The Green Book, a travel guide for black travelers from the 30s to the 60s.

I found it by clicking around the NYPL Public Domain Visualization, so I feel as if fate has brought me to this podcast a bit, since randomly clicking this one fascinating book out of 187,000 seems really fortuitous. I hope you'll have a listen to our conversation!

Listen here: http://latenightlibrary.org/brian-foo-nypl-labs/