What Strange Wonderful Things Lurk in Your Digital Footprint?
This was interesting. I did the detox primarily in the hopes of reducing my data footprint. I knew I might find strange and potentially, dare I say, scandalous (or at least worrisome) information about myself that I didn’t want out there. Once upon a time a boss of mine informed me that my posts to a maternity forum and at least one post I made to a video game cheat code list were easily findable in a Yahoo! search. So yeah, pretty embarrassing. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find clues to a mini Noreen Whysel fandom. At the risk of expanding my data footprint ever so slightly, here’s a peek at Akaya’s review and some background.
For the workshop, I presented a set of Pinterest boards that I have been curating for the research group, Architecture_MPS. These boards focus on conferences and journal issues published by Architecture_MPS as well as topics the group covers, such as Housing – Critical Futures and the Mediated City. Additional boards cover events, exhibitions, books, films and political issues around architecture and related design.
“By providing these Pinterest boards, AMPS emphasizes collaboration with other institutions. With their contributions, many users, including architecture firms, can recognize the significance of AMPS and raise awareness about architecture. Institutions and nonprofit organizations utilizing social media advance the public awareness by collaborating and highlighting community engagements over the same field.”
I knew some of the attendees would be from the museum community so as an exercise, we created an example set from my MetIllumination project, covering devotional art represented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We explored many ways to document and annotate art objects by pinning links to articles, provenance records and other related materials that describe the artifacts and encourage discussion and sharing.
“Since many of the attendees were staff members from institutions and museums, the ‘Fire and Light: Illumination in Religious Art‘ website demonstrates a great example for archivists and librarians to utilize Pinterest and display visual images of the institutions ephemera.”
When I did the data detox, I expected to find things that needed to be removed, deleted or forgotten. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find a review of a small talk at a digital humanities event. In any event it was nice to find someone gleaned enough from my little workshop, that they posted a review for their fellow classmates. But it also made me wonder what else might be out there that is good, but hidden among my digital footprint.
So I kept looking and found a couple other things that I found delightful, including two published books where I was mentioned in acknowledgements, one that I knew about: Andrea Resmini and Luca Rosati’s book Pervasive Information Architecture, where I somehow made it above Bruce Springsteen (but below Richard Saul Wurman) in the thank yous. Quite an accomplishment. The second was Aaron Irizarry and Adam Connor’s Discussing Design, which I own and have read, but somehow missed my name being mentioned in the acknowledgements. (Thanks, Guys!)
I won’t tell you about the things I found that weren’t so delightful. I am working through the Data Detox advice to reduce the prominence of these items.
Have you done a data detox recently? What have you uncovered?
Pinterest as Digital Exhibition (DH Week slides, February 10, 2016): https://www.slideshare.net/nwhysel/dh-week-workshop-pinterest-as-exhibition
Pinterest as Digital Exhibition (IA Summit poster, May 7, 2016): https://www.slideshare.net/nwhysel/pinterest-as-digital-archive-ia-summit-2016-atlanta