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Software and related documentation

Software and related documentation

Part of

People

  • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)
  • Xavier Robitaille (software developer)

Title

Software and related documentation

Dates of creation

1990 - 2014

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • approximately 45,000 digital files (252.6 GB)

Scope and Content

Series 2, Software and related documentation, 1990 – 2014, contains unique iterations of the ACDC, Aegis, and HypoSurface software, and contains roughly 45,000 digital files. The bulk of the files date from approximately 2000 – 2001.

This series chiefly consists of the materials received from Xavier Robitaille. This includes a virtual machine and DOS emulator for Aegis HypoSurface, as well as ACDC and Aegis Simulator software for Microsoft DOS and Win32 for Hyposurface installations. There is also a small amount of email correspondence in MBOX format between Robitaille, Mark Goulthorpe, and other project members documenting their work on the project.

Additionally, there are two computer backups in this series. One is for Goulthorpe’s computer. The files from the disk image were carved out and only unique files were kept. It includes his files for the Aegis HypoSurface project and reflects his working environment.

The second backup is a disk image of Paul Steenhuisen’s Mac G5 computer. The Mac G5 computer is a clone of an earlier G4, and is included with the archive to allow demonstration of the interactive logic that was developed through CeBIT, the International Manufacturers Technology Show (IMTS), and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) conference at the Boston Convention Centre, including an interactive soundscape piece executed by artist Paul Steenhuisen. The G5 has a copy of FIELD, the user interface software developed for HypoSurface 2 and HypoSurface 3. The files from this computer were processed and made available in Series 3: Projects and events, and Series 4: Promotional materials. The disk image of the internal hard drive was retained in case future emulation is necessary.

Because much of this series is software, roughly 42,000 files are or relate to executable programs. Formats for these materials are largely Java source code and Java object code, but also include HTML, plain text files, Aegis pattern files, and some unidentified formats. The remaining files in this series are chiefly vector and raster images referenced in the software. Notably, the Steenhuisen disk image is approximately 250 GB, and represents the largest part of this series.

This series overlaps significantly with Series 3: Projects and events. This series contains software generally, while Series 3 contains any software related to a specific project or event.

Reference Number

AP170.S2

Arrangement

This series is not arranged.

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    • Reference Number: AP170.S2.001
    • Title: Virtual machine and DOS emulator for Aegis HypoSurface
    • Dates of creation: 1 November 1990 - 10 November 2013
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)
    • Xavier Robitaille (software developer)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "DOS emulator". Most common file formats: Unidentified, Plain Text File, Hypertext Markup Language, MS-DOS Executable, Windows New Executable.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1246 digital files (83 MB)

    Credit line:

    Mark Goulthorpe Hyposurface project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Gift of Mark Goulthorpe

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    • Reference Number: AP170.S2.002
    • Title: ACDC and Aegis Simulator software for Microsoft DOS and Win32 for HypoSurface installations, including CeBIT Technology Fair in Hannover, Germany and Sony demonstrations
    • Dates of creation: 11 January 1993 - 31 July 2002
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)
    • Xavier Robitaille (software developer)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "Aegis". Most common file formats: Plain Text File, Unidentified, Windows Bitmap, Truevision TGA Bitmap, Windows New Executable.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3691 digital files (756 MB)

    Credit line:

    Mark Goulthorpe Hyposurface project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Gift of Mark Goulthorpe

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    • Reference Number: AP170.S2.003
    • Title: Xavier Robitaille email correspondence for Aegis software development, HypoSurface
    • Dates of creation: 28 August 2000 - 14 November 2000
    • Form: born digital, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)
    • Xavier Robitaille (software developer)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "Emails For Mark" and "Aegis/src/mails." Most common file formats: Plain Text File, JPEG File Interchange Format, ZIP Format, Unidentified, Word Document.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 16 digital files (5 MB)

    Physical Description:

    The MBOX file can be successfully read using QuickView Plus, ePADD, or any text editor.

    Arrangement:

    Email within this series was brought together, including material originally located in AP170.S2.02.

    Credit line:

    Mark Goulthorpe Hyposurface project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Gift of Mark Goulthorpe

    Language of material:

    French, English

    General note:

    • The email was originally in Outlook Express for Windows (.dbx, .eml) formats and was converted to MBOX using Emailchemy. The files were then reviewed using the email processing software, ePADD. The files here consist of the final MBOX export from ePADD, as well as any attachments included in those emails. The date for the attachments reflect the time of processing, and the corresponding file paths for the attachments in the emails reflect the processing environment.
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    • Reference Number: AP170.S2.004
    • Title: Mark Goulthorpe Aegis files and software environment, HypoSurface
    • Dates of creation: 3 September 1999 - 26 November 2007
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)

    Description:

    Most common file formats: Java language source code file, Plain Text File, Hypertext Markup Language, Java Compiled Object Code, Unidentified.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 39,801 digital files (2 GB)

    Credit line:

    Mark Goulthorpe Hyposurface project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Gift of Mark Goulthorpe

    General note:

    • Many of the original time stamps were destroyed while restoring the back up. The dates for this directory are an estimate and reflect the dates that were not corrupted.
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    • Reference Number: AP170.S2.005
    • Title: Unidentified Aegis pattern files, HypoSurface
    • Dates of creation: 7 July 2008 - 15 July 2008
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "OPERATING SYSTEM". Most common file formats: Aegis files.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 digital files (4 MB)

    Credit line:

    Mark Goulthorpe Hyposurface project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Gift of Mark Goulthorpe

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    • Reference Number: AP170.S2.006
    • Title: Disk image of Paul Steenhuisen Mac G5 computer, HypoSurface
    • Dates of creation: 25 February 1999 - 6 December 2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Mark Goulthorpe (archive creator)
    • Paul Steenhuisen (artist)

    Description:

    This directory contains a disk image of the Paul Steenhuisen Mac G5 computer. It was kept in case there is need for future emulation of his computing environment. The files on this computer were processed, and can be accessed directly in Series 3 and Series 4. See files related to accession AR2014.0033 for access to these files. Most common file formats: disk image, Guymager Acquisition Info file.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2 digital files (233 GB)

    Physical Description:

    Access is recommended by directly accessing the processed materials, located in Series 3 and Series 4. The disk image here can be used for emulation if necessary.

    Credit line:

    Mark Goulthorpe Hyposurface project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
    Gift of Mark Goulthorpe

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