Start Date: 
31 Mar 2015 - 1 Apr 2015


The Internet is not the only place to lose your privacy or identity.  Although more and more personal data is stored on the Internet servers, it is still written to hard-disks.

In this two-part workshop, explore the contents of old hard-drives, SD-cards, public wifi-signals and other found data. Using methods borrowed from computer digital forensics participants will peek into the lives of others - users and owners of scavenged data.  Deductively, we will try to discuss and recreate 'psyche' portraits of those strangers and restore the contexts that otherwise would have faded away.  In the process, learn and collect wi-fi signals.  By the end of the workshop all data will be destroyed!

People: Danja Vasiliev, Erica Kermani
Research: Education, Open Culture
Tags: data, data carving, hardware hacking

The Remembrancer, a newspaper named for the City of London's representative to the UK government, documents 46 corporations listed on the London Stock Exchange, which are known to the database of A Quiet Disposition, and are, by association, implicated by the data it has gathered.
The Remembrancer was commissioned by the Open Data Institute and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Project Created: 
September 2014

Part one of the Archive documentary: features Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and his colleagues Robert Miller, director of books, and Alexis Rossi, director of web collections. On a mission to create universal access to all knowledge, the Internet Archive’s staff have built the world’s largest online library, offering 10 petabytes of archived websites, books, movies, music, and television broadcasts.

The video includes a tour of the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, the book scanning center, and the book storage facilities in Richmond, California.


IBM’s first magnetic disk memory storage, RAMAC. Total storage capacity: 5,000,000 characters (5 megabytes) 


What if maps had a 4th dimension, of history ? New York Public Library Labs  is building time machines for placing archival documents in space and time; a transformative tool for research in the digital humanities.


“My Petabyte Roommate”: Jason Scott spends a night at Internet Archive and cozies up to the Wayback machine

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