A new art project from Julian Oliver, Packet Garden is an interesting exploration into the mapping of data, in this case your own personal web use. Packet Garden captures information about how you are using the Internet – the size of downloads, uploads, the addresses of websites – and transforms them into a virtual world: downloads become valleys, uploads hills, http plants form little digital forests. Each day your garden is saved, allowing you to compare change over time.
Oliver claims that none of this information is shared or made public in any way; I’m dubious, especially if the program saves everyday. Nevertheless, Packet Garden gets us thinking about how to take all the data floating around in the void and make it something visual, something accessible and interesting.
Link to Packet Garden