Jeff Steward

Jeff Steward

ArtTechPsyche 2015, 2018

Hands on with tools, toys, and experiments from the Harvard Art Museums

Cabot Demo Space

Stop by and learn about a variety of experimental digital projects and programs taking place at the Harvard Art Museums. Listen to visual descriptions of objects. Play with alternative interfaces for browsing the museum. Hack apart art to make your own creations.

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What do machines see when they look at art?

Cabot Master Class

A major task for museum staff is to describe objects in their collections. These descriptions tend to be factual and typically answer the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions about an object. Very rarely do these descriptions tell you what is actually depicted. There are two main reasons why this is the case. […]

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HAM Hacking with DIET

Garden Street: ATP Tech Gallery

Come hang out with the Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology department from the Harvard Art Museums and have fun hacking the museum’s collections. Play with experimental data visualizations, write your own poetry with art, and more.

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Jeff Steward is the Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology (DIET) at Harvard Art Museums. For the past 19 years he has worked at museums with museum data. Jeff’s primary focus is on increasing access to and creative reuse of the museum’s collections. In 2013 he helped launch the museum’s application programming interface (API). Since then the API has been a cornerstone for many collaborative projects that push the limits of what museum data can do. In November 2014, he helped launch the Lightbox Gallery, a public research and development space. Additional areas of research include visualization of cultural datasets; open access to metadata and multimedia material; and data interoperability and sustainability.