Today is International Archives Day! Across the globe, our colleagues are working to preserve your history.

Here are two of our favorite images that show the importance of archives for everyday citizens.


The 12th Armored Association met at the National Archives at St. Louis  for their 67th annual reunion in 2013. Veterans of this famed World War II division came to the National Personnel Records Center for a tour of the facilities. Preservation staff met with the vets and their families to explain the work being done to treat records damaged in the 1973 fire.

Preservation staff also explained how they treat records salvaged from the USS Arizona. Mike Pierce, in the white coat, explained the unique damage that occurred to the personnel records on board the Arizona as a result of the attack.

Image and text via the preservearchives.tumblr.com/ To order a military record, go to: http://go.usa.gov/jdBJ

Civil Rights

For many years, Edith Lee-Payne had no idea that her photograph was in the National Archives—or that she was one of the most iconic faces of the March on Washington.

In August of 2013, she saw her own face on display for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. “I’ve been in history all these years,” declared Edith Lee-Payne after seeing the photograph taken by Rowland Scherman.

You can learn more about her story in our blog (http://ow.ly/ogFwY) and in a video (ow.ly/odrhQ )


During my stay at Hyper Island i’ll blog about this amazing journey, because it’s one big adventure. If you are not familiar with this school check their website.

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In honor of cross-cultural collaboration for International Archives Day, here’s a photograph of Dr. Jean-Pierre Wallot, National Archivist of Canada, speaking at the dedication of the National Archives at College Park, MD, on May 12, 1994.

Have you ever made a special trip to an archives outside of the United States?

Photograph courtesy of Alan Walker, archivist at the National Archives.

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Open data everywhere! (week 2)

How many people are sitting on the toilet during a specific moment everyday? How many people passing the traffic lights? How many people eat steak on monday? I didn’t realize that there is so much data represented everywhere! But what is open data?

Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.  (source: Open data handbook)

Daniel beauchamp is specialist in data visualisation in open data. He works as a software developer at Shopify (ecommerce solutions) but also teached to hyper students to think about open data. During his lecture he spoke about how do companies make use of open data. They publish their data to push open innovation and to increase creativity. For instance, Goldcorp Inc. a gold producer headquarted in Vancouver, Canada worried about underperforming mine in Ontario. The company was producing relatively low amount and the main deposits were deeper underground. As a result of this problem he put all the geological data into a file and shared it with the world. In return he offered $575,000 in prizes to the participants with the best methods. However, it was a risky venture. The word spread very fast and after launching the challenge more than 1000 virtual prospectors bent over the data. Mostly individuals in unrelated sectors such as; military, officers, students and consultants.

Open data is not always very positive, you can think of; misuse of private information , terrorism, private sensitivity information published, over reliances.When I google I trust my search results too soon. You always need to balance the information, where does the data come from? What was the research about? Which methods are used in order to gather the data? And what other kind of possibilities could you think of to represent data?..Its useful to apply this at HI….this year…


Week one
Goodbye the Netherlands, see ya soon..

Hello Stockholm, 

After arriving at the smallest Hotel on earth, I was so sleepy so it didn’t took a long time before I arrived in dreamworld. When I woke up my leg was almost in the shower, and with one move I had a ‘breaky’, that’s the advantage of being not tall. I spent the rest of the Saturday at Linnea’s house (former student Hyper Island) to meet the other internationals and to grab a drink. When we had enough liquids had a great party at Trädgården. I could never imagine that  I should party under an overpass, that was fun! On sunday morning I woke up in my new apartment in Bredäng and I spent the rest of the day at the beach to relax and catch up with other people from our class.

Monday morning
'Welcome at Hyper Island, welcome to iad14' that was the first message came across while arriving HI.  A good start of the program is of course with coffee and and sandwiches. The first exercise size was to drawn the person on the opposite in 60 seconds. It was a useful exercise to face someone you don’t know and to  get to know people in an easy setting. I like such a quick exercises and it was fun to see my self portrait after some classmates who have drawn me. 

For the rest of the day we spoke about the importance of HOW certain thing should be done rather than just starting exercises without making a HOW plan. It’s more likely to start without thinking and facing difficulties in the end where it’s even more efficient to work first on the HOW before you start doing any task. This means when 80% of the time is spent on the how, people are more involved, more certain what they have to complete and have a mutual understanding of goals and the final delivered product. This was a opener for me because I mostly start working directly and forget the HOW easily. 

Task 2 ‘Story about ourself’  

Before you start getting to know people trust is an essential element in relationships between people. So therefore, we shared our thoughts about our values and norms and we signed it with a signature. 

We had to answer the question “Drawn three things that shaped our lives” this was a hard question to answer in a relatively short time (40 minutes)   The power of the question is the openness it creates, everyone shared creditable things that influenced there paths. The outcome of this session has been really important to understand and to get to know each other in just several hours after the first meeting, it felt a bit weird to share private stuff with people you’re not really know directly but i felt also good about it that you really built on trust.  

Task 3 
The next day we reflected about the previous day:). In the afternoon we had a new task where every person got an image from the facilitator which you have to cover. The main goal of this exercise is to create a sequence out of 33 frames. While using clear communication and a clear description of your frame you should find out your position in the sequence. The take aways from this task is that you have to describe your image so in depth that the sequence will fit. I discovered that I had to describe my image a bit in more detail than I actually did.

Task 4 ‘Blinded sandstorm’ 

We got blindfold placed in a little field, we could not talk and we can’t see. There supposed to be a rope and we needed to find it first without vocal communication. So, we experienced to be blind and you felt helpless without any orientation and reference. To succeed the exercise we have to make square of the rope, but now we were allowed to talk. We made the square:) in the end! great. The main purpose of the exercise was to communicate clearly about your position, with sounds, and touching. I felt a bit useless cause other people took initiatives and if there are too much leaders it’s a bit difficult to solve the square really easy. I could have been more supported with proposing suggestions and not being lazy with let it go. 

Task 5 ‘Korv party’ 
'Organise a dinner for the facilitators which represent iad14 (interactive art direction) within 2 hours'. The dinner needs to include food and entertainment.

We split the group in two different groups; entertainment and foodgroup. After a short brainstorm session we decided that sausages (Korv in swedish) with a lot of different topics will represent our class, because of every individual has his own preferences and goals. It was really nice to organise this dinner in such a short time, we ended up with: Korvnames, Korvrun, Korvtwister, and Korvmusic. I really enjoined the atmosphere and the results. 

In the morning we started with a reflection session, first in smaller groups and later with more people. The main outcome was that we did well!, some people could have attend more in the end (like me). In the afternoon sessions we discussed about our main five core values in small groups. We used the fishbowl technic to align our opinions in an efficient way. The main idea of a fishbowl is that every single group has his own representative and discuss his team opinions with the other ‘group representatives’ in the middle while the others are sitting around the discussion so while using this method you get an in depth discussion and it’s better to take decisions. I think it’s a very useful method as long as you keep everyone informed about your decision in order to fulfil a sense of belonging in the project. 

After the reflection we worked on our goals for the year and reflect those in smaller groups. My goals are based on discipline, clear communication skills (also writing a blog) and learning after effects!

During the final exercise of the week we had to provide every individual with personal notes and feedback, this was hard task because how good do you know someone after only 5 days.