The installation was designed to illustrate the activity going on within the state's digital library catalogue. The system is set up to record anonymous searches and click-throughs that occur within WYLDCat [Wyoming Libraries' Databases] and transmit the data to a local computer within the Teton County public library. This information is then visualized via fiberoptic cables connecting from a light source to any one of the 1000 subcategories of the Dewey Decimal system corresponding to the search result.
I wrote a program that would interpret the data as it was fed into the system and control the lights accordingly. In addition to determining the brightness and color of the lights, I made a visual display to give the user a bit of clarity as to which Dewey Decimal categories the system is lighting up and also provide a few extra insightful charts about the dataset.
In collaboration with Brian Brush
and Yong Ju Lee