Small Model Cow

by | Authenticity (↓) | Kindness (↑) | 1 comment | 0 question

A small green decorative cow with orange and yellow butterflies. Given to me by a friend from Austria as part of a Christmas present to remind me to always be thinking about my dissertation which is about the recent dairy crisis and the effects on South West dairy farmers.

Where and how is it used?

It normally sits on my desk in my uni room until I feel too guilty for ignoring it, then it moves to the book shelf!

What did you or someone else pay for it?

I'm unsure

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

This item has personal significance and I have no idea where it came from (Austria?) or how it was made


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?

Unsure I imagine it is made in a factory, maybe the name on the cow is changed?

Who was paid to make it?

unsure, a factory worker?

What skills does it take to make it?

hand painting or spraying? Varnishing?

Where was it made?

Austria?

What does it cost to make it?

probably very little

What is it made from?

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

shop keeper?

Who or what assesses its quality?

factory supervisor?

Where is it sold?

a tourist shop?

Who or what sells it?

a shop keeper?

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

my friend gave it to me at wetherspoons over christmas drinks! in a backpack from Austria to Stansted

Where is it used?

desk

Where is it kept?

desk

How and by whom is it cared for?

me! it has a lucky green cat as a companion

How long will it last?

until lost

Where will it go when it's finished with?

into a draw

What is it worth?

very little money but sentimental value


How do you and others value this commodity?

See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.

Total times valued1
Positive (↑)Kindness
Negative (↓)Authenticity
Overall Positive17
Overall Negative-6
Controversy11.5 (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?

To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
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Questions and answers

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Conversation

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I wonder if these come in different colours and designs...

by LizzieH on April 24th at 8:31pm

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