5 Questions with Web App Developer Mouse Reeve

February 1st, 2016

Mouse Reeve

Mouse joined the team in April of 2015 and spends her days helping to build new features for the Archive-It web application.

1. Before working at Archive-It, what project are you most proud of?
I catalogued and organized all the books I own using, among other things, map reduce and graph data structures. The algorithm creates associations between books based on how similar they are in content (such characters and places that appear in the book), metadata (such as when they were written), and how I feel about them. When it was working to my satisfaction, I used the graph to physically organize the books based on those connections.

2. What led you to develop an interest in web archiving?
Before becoming a software engineer, I studied anthropology, and I’m interested in how online content and communications fit into ethnography and research. Preserving the web and providing access to that content is vital to understanding the last few decades of history, as well as, on an every day basis, circumventing link rot and 404s.

3. What are you most excited about developing for Archive-It 5.0?
It’s been a pleasure to put my experience with Python and Javascript to use on a large scale application that handles high volumes of data. I’m excited about the process of creating efficient APIs and streamlined interfaces that present information to our users quickly and cleanly.

4. What content from the web are you most passionate about archiving?
I have a lot of highly specific and relatively obscure interests, so I’m passionate about getting high quality web archives of sites that might otherwise slip under the radar. I keep an eye out for web content about historical grimoires, constructed languages, games and art that use every day life as a medium (such as Alternate Reality Games), as well as anything on my favorite subject: nonsense and asemic writing.

5. If you had a secret identity, what would your name be?
My name is already Mouse, so probably something like “Emily.”