Thursday, May 21, 2009


This blog will post weekly updates for two open-source projects funded by the Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software.

The project members are Jason Zalinger, Jeremy Therrin and Nick Glickenhouse.

The two projects are Gmail as Video Game (Ggame) and Gmail as Comic Strip (Gcomic).

Ggame is a "game" meant to encourage exploration and self-reflection about your Gmail archives.  The game will log into your Gmail account and as the player wanders from space to space, he or she will encounter other "characters" from your past and engage in dialouges with them.  All the "data" comes from either Gmail emails or Gmail chats.

Gcomic is essentially the same idea except it exports your "data" in the form of a comic strip.

Each week, we will post updates on our progress and eventually we hope lots and lots of people will build on this work and use the programs to help them visualize their digital archives in a narrative form.

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