Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2015

Publication Title

2015 Digital Heritage

ISBN

978-1-5090-0254-2

Volume

2

First Page

391

Last Page

394

DOI

10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419531

Conference Name

2015 Digital Heritage

Conference City

Granada

Conference Dates

09/28/2015 - 10/02/2015

Abstract

In this paper, I introduce a method for generating an aggregated timeline of file system activity derived from the disk images of archival digital media. Using a collection of 1,059 floppy disks from the Woody and Steina Vasulka collection as a case study for this process, I evaluate the technical issues of the dataset and describe the variances in date and time use for different file systems and the operating systems that use them. I discuss the utility of the timeline as a research and archival aid, and conclude that such timelines are promising resources which can provide a wider evaluative context for collections of digital media.

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