Manifest; Supply Chain Platform

Manifest is a digital humanities platform and investigative toolkit for visualizing, analyzing, and documenting historic and contemporary supply chains, production lines, and trade networks. Intended for scholars and researchers exploring the history of assembly and distribution logistics in commodity manufacture and other forms of production, Manifest provides common data standards for supply chains while offering a publishing capability for spatial narratives leveraging geographic and statistical means of evaluation. Logistics, Alberto Toscano writes, should be thought, “not just as the site of interruption, but as the stake of enduring and articulated struggles.” In this way, the means through which we articulate that struggle endure only so long as we are able to both catalogue and critique the reach of the global apparatus of production, its contemporary conditions, and its material history. Supported by the Media, Culture, and Communication department of New York University, Manifest is based on technologies originally developed as part of the Sourcemap project. Created at the MIT Media Lab in 2007 as a collaboration between the MIT Center for Civic Media and the Tangible Media Group, Sourcemap was designed to enable the dissemination of open supply chains and the evaluation of their social and environmental impacts.