New publishing platforms and cataloging

On Friday, September 20th, I went to the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. One of the exhibitors was a group of graduate students from Werkplaats Typografie, a school in Arnhem, Netherlands. They were presenting a project called W.T. Wurm’s Almanac, a “new timed-release supplement, published in quarterly seasons on Google Calendar” (“About – W.T. Wurm’s Almanac,” 2019). I talked with one of the creators of the project, Maria Smit, who described the impetus of the project when she and her fellow collaborators realized that they could see the past ten years of their school’s event after syncing it to their own online calendar. They wondered if they could use this “archive” format as publishing platform to share work. As Maria described the project, I immediately started to think about how the items published would be organized and classified if they were to be indexed. So far in class, we have been largely focusing on printed works as cataloging developed to deal with this media. Increasingly, however, cataloging has increasingly grappled with how best to organize time-based and born digital material. I am excited to learn more in Knowledge Organization so that when I come across new born digital material, like W.T. Wurm’s Almanac, I will at least have some clue as to how to catalog it.

Madera, Gerardo, Maria Smit, & Michelle Lin (2019). W.T. Wurm’s Almanac [website]. Retrieved from

Hepzibah Rapoport (INFO 653-01)

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