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This collection contains the documentation generated by the Frankenstein II group throughout the duration of Dr. Galloway's INF 392K class in the Spring 2011 semester. Because of the wide scope of the Frankenstein II project, part of this collection was created as a result of the quest to discover the history of the Frankenstein machine and the Digital Archaeology Lab (or DAL), while the majority of the collection focuses on the inventory, troubleshooting, and technical work involving the Frankenstein and Dracula forensic imaging machines in the DAL.

In the course of making sure the two machines were functional for the class's imaging needs,it became clear that the history and provenance of the lab were both lacking and essential for moving forward. After interviewing key individuals who were active in the creation and operation of the DAL in the past, an oral history component was deemed an appropriate addition to the collection. The oral history items include transcripts and audio files from interviews with Walker Sampson and Stephen Pipkin, who worked extensively with the Frankenstein machine in a previous instance of the 392K course, Zach Vowell, the digital archivist at the Briscoe Center who was a driving force behind the creation of the Frankenstein machine, Tim Arnold, who interned with Zach at the time of Frankenstein's creation, Russell Corley, the curator of the Goodwill Computer Museum and “doctor” behind Frankenstein's inception, and Dr. Patricia Galloway, the founder of the DAL. A SIP agreement is included along with the interview transcripts and audio files.

The technical documentation includes both front-end and back-end material: some of the resources are available in a polished format and may be useful tools for future users, while others are in the form of rough but potentially valuable notes and drafts. The Frankenstein II wiki, available in a ZIP file, contains very detailed step-by-step documentation of the many trials and tribulations encountered by the Frankenstein II team while working on the Frankenstein and Dracula machines, and a look at the problem-solving process and solutions that were reached. The project report is a more polished version of group's activities, necessarily lacking in detail, but providing a similar overview of the Frankenstein II project—with the addition of a section devoted to future recommendations and specifications for the long-awaited Frankenstein Mark II machine.

Foremost among the tools created for future use is the Procedures Manual, an indexed PDF which contains the procedures created by the Frankenstein II group to aid classmates and future users in the imaging, virus-scanning, and back-up of their digital archival material. Other tools created for the lab include the Goodwill Computer Checkout Worksheet (available in PDF), which enables the DAL to keep track of hardware borrowed from the GCM, and a photo-inventory of the same (the photos are available as JPGs), a SIP agreement template for oral history interviews which may be useful to future students, and general lab management forms, such as the electronic document for the sign in sheet, intake form, and DAL policies. Another tool which may be used and built upon in the future is the Timeline spreadsheet, spearheaded by group member Karen Ballinger, which contains a substantial amount of information on the history and creation dates of specific file systems, operating systems, floppy disk formats and manufacturers, and document file formats, and is currently available in an XLS format. The goal for the timeline is to facilitate historical contextual information of legacy equipment based on date of release or manufacture, which might provide insight into potential usage of equipment at various points in history based on date.

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