Pencil Sharpener collection

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These objects are antique finish, die-cast miniatures with pencil sharpeners hidden underneath. They represent items from a bygone era. Their present-day equivalents are the lap-top computer, the Compact Disc player, and the mobile ‘phone. However since vinyl Long-Playing records are coming back into fashion, there is now a requirement for record players, albeit of a much smaller size. Also there are ‘all-singin’, all-dancin’ smart ‘phones and I-pads/phones. So you only really require one gadget.
Modern-day versions of pencil sharpeners with attachments include a baby hippo and a small pistol whose trigger releases the sharpener for cleaning.

Where and how is it used?

these items are for collection only i do not use them for sharpening pencils

What did you or someone else pay for it?

they were bought from a charity shop, £1 each

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

because i thought it would be something different to add


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

factory

Who was paid to make it?

whoever works in the factory

What skills does it take to make it?

using machines

Where was it made?

china ?

What does it cost to make it?

pennies?

What is it made from?

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

chain of people depending on where ii is sold

Who or what assesses its quality?

Not answered yet

Where is it sold?

in shops

Who or what sells it?

Not answered yet

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

may have been owned by many people before it arrived in a charity shop

Where is it used?

in my collection at home

Where is it kept?

on a display shelf

How and by whom is it cared for?

by me

How long will it last?

forever

Where will it go when it's finished with?

no idea

What is it worth?

dont know


How do you and others value this commodity?

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Total times valued1
Positive (↑)Craft
Negative (↓)-
Overall Positive40
Overall Negative0
Controversy20 (0 = most controversial)
  

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

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