No. INDIGO will maximally store the artist pseudonyms and never real names. The INDIGO database aims to be a central resource for anybody interested in the social | cultural | historic | linguistic | entertaining aspects of graffiti, not a resource for law enforcement. Since the latter cannot be prevented, INDIGO refrains from storing real names if they are known unless the graffitists give their full consent.
Yes, INDIGO works together with a wide variety of scholars that look at graffiti with specific eyes: linguists, art historians, archaeologists, sociologists. One can see the current pool of collaboration researchers here (LINK). INDIGO will collaborate with these people on the graffiti thesaurus (LINK) and standardise graffiti metadata fields. In addition, they will receive early access to the INDIGO database to help us find bugs and suggest ways to optimise the user experience and possibilities of the online platform.
Graffiti is still a highly contested form of personal expression, so it is expected that a project like INDIGO receives polarised reactions. INDIGO receives essential geodata from the surveying department of Vienna (Stadtvermessung Wien, MA 41), but the project will only be introduced to other city departments once tangible results are ready for presentation. INDIGO hopes that such initial results can help soften the potentially harsh stance on graffiti (and its research); simultaneously, these results would underline how documenting the ever-changing graffiti landscape has social and cultural value.
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