Above, I’ve posted a model of the Postgeist system.
Core of the concept is seen on the button of the model: “The User is collecting and organizing a legacy to leave for Heirs”. This statement immediately makes clear that there are two kinds of users who interact with the system – the User and their Heirs. The user collects and tags their legacy, to leave for their heirs. The heirs explore that legacy, and potentially begin collecting a legacy of their own. The legacy itself is the bridge that connects those two sets of users across time.
The user maintains his/her digital property which is divided into spaces in order to define its scoop. The digital property is a big part of the users legacy but can not be seen without the context in which the legacy is becoming meaningful for heirs. As aid to generate value to the legacy the system will ask the user to contribute meaningful context to already existing content. In order to add this context the user logs into the system where he/she can see all the content that was produced a year ago – this can be from social networks, personal sites (blog) and owned computers. With this feature the user will be asked to reflect on a year old experiences and can then add stories, memories and thoughts. The system will ask the user to look once a month into his/her content. The memories added can not only be videos, photos and writing but also physical objects and the system will add metadata to all existing content.
Creating a legacy is about creating a shared space that reveals ones identity. The content in this space acts as seeds to remind not only the user of shared experiences but also the heirs. In this digital space the user can than add his version of the experience. Those experiences are closely related to time, place, object and people which will become the metadata connecting all experiences.
The heirs can not only see the the whole digital legacy but are rather encouraged to explore the content through the metadata. Time, place, object and people will be the seed for varying viewpoints on the content.
With time the heirs can see all the content related to age, so for example the 27 year old heir would so all the content from his/her grandmother when she was 27 in order to directly compare lives.
The same comparison is happening with place: if the heir is going to a relevant place, lets say grandmother birthplace, content connected to that metadata will be shown. The heirs can not only explore the physical space of their ancestors but also see the digital data related.
Physical objects will be tagged with digital data by the user (or already tagged) and when the heir is taking a picture of the object or if he/she is holding it in front of the computer this information can be seen. This allows to bring mementos that are part of a experience or a “seed” for a experience into the legacy.
People who shared a experience will be tagged in the system to allow to understand someone better through his/her network.
All the data will be saved online and the output of the legacy can have different forms. It can be physical letters, objects, a app or an email. Since this service is supposed to last for decades it will be up to the heirs how they intent to view the ancestors legacy. The service will provide the view through meta information and data will be stored as accessible as possible readable on as many devices as possible.
Uncertainties: What exactly is it that the user is leaving for the heirs? How can the legacy be “opened”?