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Databases are Us

  • Victoria Vesna
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Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Abstract

In the age of information overload, the primary concern for many knowledge areas becomes the organisation and retrieval of data. Artists have a unique opportunity, at this historical juncture, to play a role in the definition and design of systems of access and retrieval, and at the very least comment on the existing practices. In this article I show how some personalities have foreshadowed and indeed influenced the current practices and huge efforts in digitising our collective knowledge. This article is an effort to broadly contextualise the current atmosphere and environment that ’information architects’ are confronted with.

Keywords

Alexandria Chronofiles Digital libraries Genome Internet Memex World Brain Xanadu 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria Vesna
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  1. 1.Department of Design/Media ArtsUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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