Active Project

Media Mapping CMS & API

KAKTI × Urban Archive

Started in August 2016
a nighttime cityscape with a kiosk displaying historic images
LinkNYC kiosk displaying a ‘Historic NYC’ photo in Times Square

When starting work with Urban Archive in 2016, our first technical milestone together was to establish was a system for content creation and access. For UA, This is a database of historical images & audio, along with associated metadata from partner museum collections.

Another key step was to create a content management system (CMS) that could annotate images with geolocation data and historical context. The research team geolocated over 100,000 images in 2020, and has written extensively about the adjacent context and historical background.

Powered by Urban Archive

Various services are powered by this engine:

signage for Urban Archive at MCNY iPods available for visitors to borrow from MCNY
MCNY provides iPods for visitors to use Urban Archive as an audio guide