[Webinar] Archiving Performance in an Institutional Context: Perspectives from the Mark Morris Dance Group

NDSR Art presents the webinar “Archiving Performance in an Institutional Context: Perspectives from the Mark Morris Dance Group.”

[NDSR Art Webinar] Archiving Performance in an Institutional Context: Perspectives from the Mark Morris Dance Group
Thurs, Feb 28, 2019
11:00 AM EST

We recommend attendees register in advance at

Dance is an ephemeral art form that does not archive easily. However, if we consider the nearly 40-year history of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), and even longer career of its illustrious choreographer Mark Morris, the ability to preserve, recall and re-stage dance becomes a challenge of institutional and cultural importance. In this webinar Mark Morris Dance Group archivists, Stephanie Neel and Regina Carra will share insights about their ongoing project to set up a new archive and digital database for MMDG, focusing specifically on the tools, strategies, and collaborations that have allowed them to provide enhanced access to the company’s history. Attendees will learn about the challenges of capturing and cataloging performance, what it is like to work for an active dance company, and approaches for engaging artists and staff in the archival process.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mark Morris Dance Group Archives Project is a three-year digitization project jointly managed by MMDG and the Dance Heritage Coalition (the archives and preservation branch of Dance/USA). Now in its final year, the goal of the project is to digitize MMDG’s audiovisual and paper materials and make them accessible to staff, dancers, and outside researchers with a new database built with Collective Access, an open-source content management system developed by Whirl-i-gig.

Stephanie Neel, Archives Project Manager
Regina Carra, Archives Project Metadata and Cataloging Coordinator

Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez, NDSR Art Resident

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

A recording of the webinar will also be made available on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

METRO Panel Discussion: Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Cultural Institutions

This Thursday, January 31st, the panel discussion “Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Cultural Institutions” will be held at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), located on the 8th floor of 599 11th Avenue. This event is co-organized by METRO in conjunction with a visit to New York by members of the 2018-19 National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art) cohort.

Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Cultural Institutions
METRO, located on the 8th floor of 599 11th Avenue
Thursday, January 31st 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are currently sold out, but there are still some spots available on the waiting list. If you would like to add your name, visit the METRO event registration page.

The panel will feature a dynamic group of speakers who will present on projects related to the stewardship and activation of digital media, including: Amye McCarther, Archivist and Media Conservator at the New Museum, Dave Rice, Archivist at CUNY Television, Ben Fino-Radin, Founder and Lead Conservator of Small Data Industries, and Farris Wahbeh, Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

For those who are unable to attend the panel in person, please look out for an event recording to be made available on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal. Following the event, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., there will be a reception held at the nearby Landmark Tavern (626 11th Avenue) that will be co-organized by the ARLIS regional NY chapter and open to the public (no registration required). We hope to see you there for an important discussion on digital video preservation and some lively networking!

‘Wikidata for Digital Preservation’ Webinar

On October 23, NDSR Art presented a talk and conversation with Katherine Thornton, Digital Conservator and CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences, at Yale University Library. Kat described the approach she has been using to create metadata for software and file formats as linked open data. She also discussed the role of linked open data in the Emulation as a Service Infrastructure program.

Wikidata for Digital Preservation – Webinar
October 23rd, 2018
12:00-1:30 pm (EST)

A recording of the webinar is available on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.



Presenter Info:

Katherine Thornton earned a PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington in 2016. She has been a volunteer contributor to the Wikidata project since 2013.


Webinar Resources:


Links visited during the presentation:


Many thanks to Kat and all who participated!

Call for Proposals: Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Art Museums

In today’s digital media landscape, video has assumed an increasingly central role in supporting both the inner workings and outward-facing activities of many arts institutions. With regular users numbering in the hundreds of millions, video streaming portals like YouTube have particularly incentivized museums to generate content related to their exhibitions, performances, events and lectures. Sharing these videos online offers organizations the chance to reach new potential audiences while also fulfilling their educational directives. Meanwhile, digital media such as artist interviews and installation videos often serve vital functions within museums, providing staff with the tools they need to properly conserve and display complex artworks. While access to these materials is typically limited, they nevertheless hold great documentary value, at times containing otherwise unpublished information about the artists and artworks represented in museum collections. Whether intended for public or internal use, both these forms of digital video content represent fundamental components of institutional memory and deserve to be safeguarded for future access. But implementing effective storage and access infrastructures for digital video can prove daunting, especially for museums equipped with limited funding and staff. From navigating issues of copyright to weighing the costs of storage scalability in digital asset management systems, cultural organizations must contend with major challenges as they strive to activate and preserve their digital media. Hosted by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and organized in connection with the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art), this panel will provide a space for archivists, librarians, digital preservationists, and specialists in the field of audiovisual production to share their experiences working with digital video assets in the context of art museums and other cultural heritage institutions. Interested participants are invited to submit proposals for case studies, lightning talks, or presentations on any topic they believe to be relevant to discussion, but may consider the following:

  • Balancing the technical requirements for audiovisual preservation against institutional needs for low implementation and maintenance costs
  • Designing online access environments for digital video content
  • Building digital storage and access systems with multi-tiered access restrictions
  • Streamlining audiovisual production workflows for newly-generated museum content
  • Establishing best practices for appropriate technical and descriptive metadata
  • Methods for exerting control over the copying, downloading, and sharing of web-based digital media

The panel will be open to the public and held at METRO on January 31st from 4:00 to 6:00pm. To be considered, please submit a proposal of three hundred words or less by no later than December 17, 2018 to Jean Moylan, panel moderator and NDSR Art resident at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:

Upcoming Event: Creating Community Through Digital Futures

On Thursday, November 1st The Art Institute of Chicago presents “Creating Community Through Digital Futures” a showcase and unconference about digital preservation.


Registration is required. For further details and to join the wait list see the event page.


Creating Community Through Digital Futures
Thu, November 1, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

The Art Institute of Chicago
159 E. Monroe
Nichols Board of Trustees Suite, Modern Wing
Chicago, IL 60603


Event Agenda

9:30-10:00am: Registration

10:00-11:00am: Project Showcase, Vol. 1

  • “Creating the Studs Terkel Radio Archive website” – Allison Schein Holmes (WFMT & Studs Terkel Radio Archive)
  • “An Introduction to Curating Community Digital Collections” – Vicki Tobias(WiLS/Recollection Wisconsin) & Stacey Erdman (Beloit College)
  • “Permanent public access of Illinois state documents” – Andrew H. Bullen (Illinois State Library)

11:00-11:20am: Networking Break

11:20am-12pm: Lightning Talks

  • “Getting to Level 1: Planning a Basic Preservation Program ” – Greer Martin (Illinois Insitute of Technology)
  • “Reaching Back: How Do We Give to a Community That Doesn’t Know Us?” – Kyle Henke (Depaul University)
  • “Digital Phoenix: Using 3D Modeling to Recreate Lost Historic Houses” – Emily-Paige Taylor (Loyola University)
  • “Nancy Buchanan and Barry Dolins at Media Burn Archive” – Dan Erdman (Media Burn)
  • “DIY Within Community: You Don’t Have to be a Hero to Save the Day!”- Laurie Lee Moses (Columbia College Chicago, Center for Black Music Research)

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch (on your own)
A list of nearby options will be available at the event

1:00-2:00pm: Project Showcase, Vol. 2

  • “Digital Dancing: An Online Archive from the Ground Up” – Jenai Cutcher and Daina Coffe (Chicago Dance History Project)
  • “Acquiring Born-Digital Archives: Strategies for Implementing Scalable Digital Forensics Applications and Practices” – Kelsey O’Connell (Northwestern University)
  • “CollectiveAccess 101” – Mel Leverich (Leather Archives & Museum), Brian Belak (Chicago Film Archives), Margaret Fraser and Jeremy Bucher (National Hellenic Museum)

2:00-3:00pm: Collaborative Clinic
Topics include:

  • Education & Training
  • Web-based Access Systems
  • AV Preservation
  • Metadata


2017-2018 Final Reports Available

Final reports from the 2017-2018 residencies are now available. These reports document their projects, activities completed, deliverables, lessons learned, outcomes, and recommendations for future projects. See the 2017-2018 Projects page for more.

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art – Final Report, NDSR Art Resident Erin Barsan
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – Final Report, NDSR Art Resident Elise Tanner
  • University of Pennsylvania – Final Report, NDSR Art Resident Coral Salomón
  • Yale Center for British Art – Final Report, NDSR Art Resident Cate Peebles

Is This Permanence: Preservation of Born-digital Artists’ Archives – Recording Available


Is This Permanence: Preservation of Born-digital Artists’ Archives
Friday, May 11, 2018, 10 am–5 pm
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

The internet pioneer Vint Cerf has said, “Preservation by accident is not a plan.” Without a plan, will born-digital art last even one lifetime? If we do not develop solutions now, we risk losing not only born-digital art but artists’ archives as well, effectively erasing the work and memory of this generation and subsequent generations’ art history.

Today, an artist’s studio ephemera likely consists of old laptops and iPhones, professional websites and social media accounts, as well as traditional analog materials. Artists’ archives are increasingly hybrid collections, requiring adaptable preservation methods. This symposium will explore the challenges of born-digital preservation and artists’ archives, including: artists’ use of born-digital methods as part of their practice and as a means of documentation, the state of the digital preservation field for artists and those who steward their archives, and preservation strategies for artists, museums, collectors, archives, and libraries.

The keynote speaker is Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media and Director of the Digital Curation graduate program, University of Maine.

In addition to Ippolito’s talk, this program featured presentations by Clifford Allen and Deb Verhoff, Watermill Center, Robert Wilson Archives and New York University; John Bell, Dartmouth College; Deena Engel and Glenn Wharton, New York University; Sara England and Mikhel Proulx, Concordia University; Josh Franco and Hilary Price, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; Laura Molloy, University of Oxford; Colin Post, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Farris Wahbeh, Whitney Museum of American Art.

This event was co-sponsored by the Yale Center for British Art, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University Library Digital Preservation Services, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/ NA), and the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art).


2018 NDSR Art Capstone – Recording Available

2018 Capstone Closing Remarks.

NDSR Art Capstone: Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information

On Friday, June 29, 2018 the 2018-2019 NDSR Art cohort hosted a one-day capstone event to discuss their year-long projects and offer new perspectives on preserving media art and digital art information. The capstone examined the residents’ work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Fisher Fine Arts Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art and their efforts aspire to contribute to the larger conversation surrounding arts-related preservation issues. The event was bolstered by perspectives from practitioners in the field, including new media curators, time-based media artists, conservators, and preservationists.

Recording available on ARLIS/NA Learning Portal

Welcome and Introduction
Kimberly Eke, Assoc. University Librarian for Teaching, Research & Learning Services, University of Pennsylvania
Kristen Regina, Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives, Philadelphia Museum of Art

NDSR Art Hosts Panel Discussion
Frances Lloyd-Baynes, Content Database Specialist, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Margaret Huang, Digital Archivist, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Hannah Bennett, Director of Fisher Fine Arts & Museum Libraries, University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Chatalbash, Senior Archivist, Yale Center for British Art

Lesson Learned and Moving Forward: Creating Stewardship Strategies for Digital GLAM Assets from Scratch
Erin Barsan, NDSR Art Resident, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Elise Tanner, NDSR Art Resident, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Coral Salomón, NDSR Art Resident, University of Pennsylvania
Cate Peebles, NDSR Art Resident, Yale Center for British Art

Practices of Care: Artists Discuss the Practical and Philosophical Considerations of Time-Based Media Works
Lionel Cruet, Contemporary audiovisual and geopolitical artist
Matthew Suib, Moving image artist
Nadia Hironaka, Video installation artist

Advancing New Strategies in the Preservation and Conservation of Time-Based Media Art (session not recorded)
Flaminia Fortunato, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Media Conservation, Museum of Modern Art
Dave Rice, Archivist and technologist, CUNY TV; author of “Sustained Consistent Video Presentation” PERICLES report commissioned by Tate Research

Long Live the GIF: Reflections on the Curation, Acquisition, and Preservation of Web-based Art and Culture
Jason Eppink, Curator of Digital Media, Museum of the Moving Image
Lorena Ramírez,-LópezTime-based media consultant, Small Data Industries

Closing Remarks
NDSR Art Residents