senior research data engineer for digital humanities @ nyu it & libraries
what do we really need?
bandwidth + data
wax is a workflow comprised of a few ruby gems, some customizable ui components, and documentation for creating, deploying, and maintaining digital exhibitions.
one ruby gem, wax_tasks, focuses on a few key tasks for data processing, including:
+ generating markdown pages from csv, json, or yaml files
+ generating iiif image derivatives for deep-zooming viewers and interoperable image content from source images
+ generating a json search index
jekyll (which is another ruby gem) then converts these files to static html pages with the help of wax-specific layouts and components that users can customize.
+ page load benchmarking + optimization
+ ‘micro’ wax: wax w/ flat image files that can run off a thumb drive
+ more documentation and stability
+ incorporating user feedback
Minimal Computing for Image Collections: The Case of Wax