Editors Choice: Interface, Exhibition & Artwork

Archive Team collected the data and made the dataset available for bulk download. If you like, you can also just access the 51,000 MIDI music files from the data set from the Internet Archive. Beyond that, because the data was available in mass, the corpus of personal websites became the basis for other works. Taking the Geocities data as a basis, Richard Vijgen’s Deleted City interprets and presents an interface to the data and Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied’s One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age  is in effect designed reenactment grounded in an articulated approach to accessibility and authenticity.

Some of the most powerful ways to interact the Geocities collection is through works created by those who have access to the collection as a data set. Working with digital objects means we don’t need to define the way that they will be accessed or made available. By making the raw data available on the web, and providing a point of reference for the data set everyone is enabled to create interfaces to it.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Bestebreurtje based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Ester Rincon Calero, Penny Johnston, Beth Secrist, Zsolt Almási, Amy Williams, Isabel Pinto, Dale Russell, Aisha Clarke, Ivaylo Nalbantov