This electronic device is The New Digital Archaeologists' attempt to ensure that digital data left behind will be accessible in the future. The device is a tool developed for future archaeologists that can easily read and display digital content from any USB data storage. This prototype is built using durable materials and electronics are intentionally simple to prevent potential damage over time. The tool is sealed in a waterproof container and stored in a safe place to be found.
Data Storage devices are designed by The New Digital Archaeologists to store data over long time frames and preserve it for the future. digital artifacts are stored on solid state USB drives that are sealed to prevent air and water from effecting their condition. Found by a future archaeologist, the stored data allows a glimpse into the digital reality of our time, but only if he is equipped with the right tools to read it.
EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH APP
The application is designed to experiment with the contexts of digital artifacts and experience the current data streams from a future archaeologists perspective. By combining different online resources linked by common keywords or metadata, the application tries to emulate navigating data without (cultural) context.