Aaron Straup Cope

Email: resume@aaronstraupcope.com
URL: http://www.aaronstraupcope.com/

Professional Objective

The promise of the Internet is to be a bridge for cross-pollinating peoples, ideas and communities. I am looking for opportunities to design and build the tools that will continue to realize the Idea of the network.

Core Competencies

Programming: Perl (13 years), PHP (13 years), Python (10 years), JavaScript (9 years).

System administration: BSD/Linux, Apache, Solr, MySQL, Postgres, PostGIS.

Languages: English, French.

Employment History

Head of Internet Typing (Senior Engineer) Digital and Emerging Media
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution [1] (New York City, New York, U.S.A.)
July 2012-Present

Senior developer and technical architect for public facing and internal digital initiatives. General digital strategy trouble-maker working closely with exhibition designers and architects (during the Carnegie Mansion renovation) to advise, develop and implement a services layer for the museum.


Internet Typist (and general layabout)
(San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)
January 2012-July 2012

Combination self-employed and self-imposed sabbatical spent implementing and investigating the practice of archiving and of running shadow copies of popular social networking websites.


Design Technologist
Stamen Design [14] (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)

Senior developer responsible for taming source data and designing and implementing technical systems for a wide variety of clients and research projects. Also, maps.


Lead Engineer
Flickr [21] (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)

Lead engineer for the Flickr [21] photo sharing/management web application; designed, implemented and maintained the geotagging and machinetag infrastructure; primary contact for security issues; primary contact for integration projects with its parent company Yahoo!.


Lead developer / system administrator
Vineyard.NET Inc. (Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, U.S.A)

Designed and built internal and customer-facing account management tools; Designed, built and maintained custom web applications for real-estate property management; Oversaw all web-related infrastructure.

Personal projects and activities

Public speaking

I have been speaking publicly since 2007 [27] on a variety of personal and work-related subjects including Flickr, maps and cultural heritage. I am a frequent speaker at the Museums and the Web [28] and Openstreetmap State of the Map [29] conferences.

In 2012 I was invited to keynote the Access Library [30] conference and New Zealand National Digital Forum [31] conferences and in 2013 I was invited to speak at the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program's annual meeting [32] at the Library of Congress.


building=yes [33] is a searchable and linkable index of every building in the OpenStreetMap [34] project. building=yes was also presented as a paper at the 2012 Museums and the Web conference [35] .

prettymaps, Talk To Me exhibition (MoMA)

In 2011, the prettymaps project was included [36] in the Museum of Modern Art's Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects [37] exhibition, in New York City. This was very exciting.

Advisory Board, Built Works Registry

In 2011 I was invited to be a member of the advisory board for the Built Works Registry [38] , a joint endeavor of the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, ARTstor and Getty Research Institute funded by a three-year National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

prettymaps, 20x200 prints

Starting in 2010, the prettymaps project was selected by the 20x200 [39] project for a series of limited-edition prints. To date editions for ten cities [40] have been printed.

The Papernet

The Papernet [41] is the name for an on-going investigation of how and why and where to bridge the digital and analog world. It was first introduced at the 2007 XTech conference, in Paris.

Aaron's New York Times Widgets

Tools, and visualizations, for data-mining the New York Times. [42] This project was stopped with the introduction of the New York Time's "pay-wall".

The Mirror Project

The Mirror Project [43] was one of the earliest community-driven photo-sharing websites to promote built to encourage and showcase "adventures in reflective surfaces". In a world before selfies...





Code samples and current projects are available for review on Github [50] and CPAN [51] .

I have been maintaining a personal weblog since 1999. [52]

This document is available in the following formats : text [53] , HTML [54] , PDF [55] and XML [56] . The code used to generate these documents is available as open source software [57] .


Available upon request.

External links

Last modified 23 November 2013.