PROFIL (Sharing, Reconstituting, and Organizing Fictional Online Identities)
The project calls for the design of a system of constructing profiles from individual traces extracted from resources held in digitized or “natively” digital heritage collections. By applying techniques of fictional and non-fictional narration, profiles will be constructed with extracted data, documentary enrichments, and fictional extensions, according to modalities borrowed both from crowdsourcing and data-mining.
Such a project has a three-fold purpose:
- Revisiting the concept of the profile as digital identity industries have modeled it. Entirely anonymous, the profile will be envisioned not as an individual’s registered fingerprint, but as a transmedia ecosystem resulting from collective editorialization.
- Fostering social appropriation of the past by exploring the possibilities of re-documenting archival collections with an approach involving humanist scholars, archivists, librarians, authors, and amateurs.
- Experimenting with new models of collecting and constituting a corpus of information adapted to the granularity and mobility of the digital environment.
Louise MERZEAU, associate professor, (information and communication sciences), assistant director of the research team Dispositifs d’Information et de Communication à l’Ere Numérique – Paris, Ile-de-France (Dicen-IDF, EA7339)
Nicolas SAURET, media and editorial project leader, Institute of Research and Innovation (IRI), Pompidou Center
Internal cluster partners
Library of Contemporary International Documentation
French National Library
Dispositifs d’Information et de Communication à l’Ere Numérique – Paris, Ile-de-France (Dicen-IDF, EA7339)
Institute of Research and Innovation (IRI)
National Audiovisual Institute (INA), legal depository for the web
Duration: 12 months