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Honeypots and Archive Realism - YouTube
"As the Internet continues to seep into the marrow of our lives, the distinction between libraries, archives, museums, and increasingly, the digital services they seek to collect and preserve continues to blur to the point of collapse. How do we archive the invisible interaction architectures of social websites? How do we archive the relationships and permission models that people form on those websites? How do we meaningfully preserve the increasingly conceptual spaces that define the future now? What are the often overlapping responsibilities of service providers, cultural heritage institutions, and users themselves in this work? Through projects like Parallel-Flickr, Privatesquare, Parallel-o-Gram, and Artisanal Integers, we can attempt to understand these questions and try to prove or disprove theories about how we answer them. For captions, transcript, and more information visit "
aaaronstraupcope  archives  archival  flickr  parallelflickr  foursquare  privatesquare  artisanalintegers  2013  web  libraries  museums  digitalservices 
october 2013 by robertogreco
[this is aaronland] The "Drinking Coffee and Stealing Wifi" 2012 World Tour
"On some levels, you could reduce this entire talk down to a very simple question: Why are keeping any of this stuff? Or rather: If we as public institutions, or even private ones that wish to bask in the warm fuzzy glow of the public "trust", can't figure out how to provide access to all of this stuff we're collecting then what exactly are we doing?

We tend to justify these enourmous and fabulous buildings we create to showcase our collections on the grounds that they will, sooner or later, be the spotlight that embraces the totality of the things we keep. Yet that doesn't really happen, does it?"
mapping  maps  metadata  objects  parallel-flickr  sebchan  pharlap  australia  paolaantonelli  cooper-hewitt  databases  data  macguffin  revdancatt  gowanusheights  identification  integers  privatesquare  joannemcneil  jamesbridle  flickr  penelopeumbrico  collections  museums  archiving  archives  2012  aaronstraupcope 
december 2012 by robertogreco
privatesquare | Near Future Laboratory
I’ve been working on, and testing out, a new thing for the last couple of weeks. It is called privatesquare. It is a pretty simple web application that manages a private database of foursquare check-ins. It uses foursquare itself as a login service and also queries foursquare for nearby locations. The application uses the built-in geolocation hooks in the web browser to figure out what “nearby” means (which sometimes brings the weird but we’ll get to that later). On some levels it’s nothing more than a glorified check-in application. Except for two things:
First, when you do check in the data is stored in a local database you control. Check-ins can be sent on to foursquare (and again re-broadcast to Twitter, etc. or to your followers or just “off the grid”) but the important part is: They don’t have to be. As much as this screenshot of my activity on foursquare cracks me up it’s not actually representative of my life and suggests a particular kind of self-censorship. I don’t tell foursquare about a lot of stuff simply because I’m not comfortable putting that data in to their sandbox. So as much as anything privatesquare is about making a place to file those things away safely for future consideration. A kind of personal zone of safekeeping.
It is worth nothing that privatesquare does almost nothing that foursquare doesn’t already do, and better. privatesquare is not meant to replace foursquare but is part of an on-going exploration of the hows and whens and whys of backing up centralized services with bespoke shadow, or parallel, implementations of the service itself. It is designed to be built and run by individuals or as a managed service for small groups of people who know and trust one another.
internet  aaronstraupcope  foursquare  privatesquare  2012  nearby  self-censorship  trust  privacy  via:tealtan 
august 2012 by robertogreco

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