Leveraging digital forensics and data exploration to understand the creative work of a filmmaker: a case study of Stephen Dwoskin’s digital archive

Bartliff, Z. , Kim, Y. , Hopfgartner, F. and Baxter, G. (2020) Leveraging digital forensics and data exploration to understand the creative work of a filmmaker: a case study of Stephen Dwoskin’s digital archive. Information Processing and Management, 57(6), 102339. (doi: 10.1016/j.ipm.2020.102339)

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This paper aims to establish digital forensics and data exploration as a methodology for supporting archival practice and research into a filmmaker's creative processes. We approach this by exploring the digital legacy hard drives of the late artist Stephen Dwoskin (1939-2012), who is recognised as an influential filmmaker at the forefront of the shift from analogue to digital film production. The research findings of this case study show that digital forensics is effective in extracting a timeline of hard drive activities, data that can be explored to reveal clues about the artist’s personal/professional history, stages of creative processes, and technical environment. The paper further demonstrates how this is related to current thinking around user-centred archival workflow and understanding of creative processes. The broader impact of the work for advancing digital archiving and research into creative processes is highlighted, concluding with a discussion of how, going forward, the approach can be coupled with deeper content analysis to reveal what influences editing choices taking place over time.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AH/R007012/1].
Keywords:Digital forensics, data exploration, creative process, filmmaking, timeline analysis, digital archives.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bartliff, Dr Zoe and Hopfgartner, Dr Frank and Kim, Dr Yunhyong
Creator Roles:
Bartliff, Z.Formal analysis, Investigation, Software, Validation, Visualization, Writing – original draft, Data curation
Kim, Y.Project administration, Supervision, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Conceptualization, Methodology, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Hopfgartner, F.Project administration, Supervision, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Bartliff, Z., Kim, Y., Hopfgartner, F., and Baxter, G.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Information Processing and Management
ISSN (Online):1873-5371
Published Online:26 June 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Information Processing and Management 57(6): 102339
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300006The Legacies of Stephen Dwoskin's Personal CinemaYunhyong KimArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)1001207Arts - Information Studies