About

Hi, I’m Jeremy aka Porchrates on twitter dot com. I work in museums doing collection database management, digitization, DAMS stuff, and more. Like many museum professionals I wear many hats, sometimes comfortable, sometimes they’re cheap birthday hats where the string digs into your chin. My Linkedin is here if you’re a professional person (hire me)

I’ve managed art collection databases since 2014, mostly in TMS. I used to work at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, which rules and now I work at the National Museum of African Art in DC, which also rules. I’m interested in how museums address the push for social justice by activists and also utilize technology (or more often than not *don’t* use new technology). I like to say I’m tech skeptical, but that doesn’t mean tech doesn’t have a place. Tech is rarely the cure all, band-aid, panacea folks want it to be, but it definitely helps. For example, I don’t think Open Access will be some golden age for museum content accessibility, but it definitely is a step forward on that path.

Outside of my job I’m involved in the housing, transit, and zoning discourse in Washington DC. I was once quoted in the Washington Post talking about how great the Metro system is! I’m a nerd! You can read that here.

Additionally I find internet and meme culture fascinating, particularly how it is propagated and pushed forward by teens. In my dream job I’d do something around teaching media literacy/crit to teens/young adults.

I also used to run a blog about rating and reviewing porches, which was called Porch Rates. I deleted that blog and destroyed all the articles, but it was fun while it lasted! It was just a tumblr blog, free real estate and all that you know.

(If you don’t know the “It’s free real estate” meme you should fix that right now)