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A term map of Twitter comments about libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017

A term map of Twitter comments about libraries affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017

Libraries and infrastructure

Michael Bennet, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Michael Simeone, ASU Library

How do we prepare for plausible futures that we cannot envision? Inspired by Asimov’s Foundation this project will treat public libraries—which communicate to the near and distant future through collection, curated experiences, education and preservation—as institutions whose central purpose is to explore this very question, as well as that of how the future-oriented mission of libraries contributes to disaster readiness and community resiliency. Through a meta-analysis of how public libraries have functioned in the wake of extreme events, semi-structured interviews, on-site research, and the use of scenario-based games and video animation, this project aims to produce a general framework for increasing libraries’ contributions to resilience and refining resilience-related decision-making.

This project combines interviews, literature review, and analysis of Twitter data (500,000+ tweets) generated around the major hurricanes that made landfall in the United States in 2017. Using these sources, we look for ways that libraries can intervene in the context of natural disasters and other emergencies, as well as analyze what library resources are especially vulnerable. We also generate a vocabulary of key concepts, resources, persons, and institutions for the purposes of scenario models, one of which we produce as a deck of cards.


Geo browser for transaction data pertaining to 19th century art markets

Geo browser for transaction data pertaining to 19th century art markets

Art replica networks

Julie Codell, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Michael Simeone, ASU Library

This project produces and analyzes network models and data visualizations based on transactions among private parties and vendors in the transatlantic art trade between 1880 and 1930. Given the explosion of art market studies, both historically and digitally, visualization can make complicated economic and geographical histories more accessible. An interactive map can visualize the geographical range of artists whose works were actively and energetically sought in the transatlantic art trade, which boomed during the time studied. The digital format enables us to present the density of visual and documentary material pertaining to a large amount of data of sales with a clarity that would not be possible in print.


A time series display as part of a predictive model for estimating component failures in building climate control systems

A time series display as part of a predictive model for estimating component failures in building climate control systems

Facilities analysis

Michael Simeone, ASU Library
Alex Kohnen, Jennifer Gorney, Clint Lord, ASU Facilities and Maintenance

Teaming with ASU Facilities and Maintenance, this project analyzes thousands of facilities and maintenance requests submitted at Arizona State University over the past 5 years. These reports provide a unique view into the operations of the campus, as well as the reliability and performance of green infrastructure at ASU. This project also experiments with new ways of examining and visualizing these records in order to detect trends and patterns across the substantial footprint of the university.

This project is funded by the Office for Naval Research and emphasises student expertise, development of science and technology leadership skills, and student veteran engagement.