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UPDATE – Upcoming Webinar: Oral History Strategies and Stewardship

*This webinar has been rescheduled from its original time on Wednesday, June 12th and will now take place on Thursday, June 20th. See registration information below.

NDSR Art Webinar: Oral History Strategies and Stewardship
Thu, June 20, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Registration is free and open to all.

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

The Academy Oral History Projects (OHP) department produces, collects, preserves, and makes accessible video and audio recordings of filmmaker voices from across decades and from around the world. As part of that mission, OHP is using cutting edge workflows and tools to ensure this growing collection will facilitate scholarly research and fan engagement. In this presentation, OHP Sr. Manager Teague Schneiter and Sr. Archivist Brendan Coates will discuss the possibilities and challenges of: oral history as a documentation method to augment existing archival collections; strategies for oral history-specific digital preservation and ethical stewardship; born digital preservation workflows for geographically-distributed video production teams; and integrated preservation and access workflows as facilitated by the Academy’s DAM/MAM/CMS systems.

Presenters:
Brendan Coates is the Sr. Archivist of the Oral History Projects Department at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. After receiving his MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information, he spent four years running the audiovisual preservation program for the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Special Research Collections, supervising the digitization of a variety of formats, from “wax” cylinders to beta tapes. He also specializes in workflow and quality control automation using free and open-source software.

Teague Schneiter is the founder and Sr. Manager of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oral History Projects department as well as its recording initiative, the Academy Visual History Program. She has a BA in Film & Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam. Teague came to the Academy in 2012 with over 10 years of moving image research, curatorial, and audiovisual collection management experience, working with oral history and other cultural heritage materials in Australia, the Netherlands, and US and Canada, including with human rights video advocacy organization WITNESS and indigenous media organization IsumaTV. Since November 2016, Teague has proudly served as one of the Directors of the Board for the Association of Moving Image Archivists and is active in the Oral History Association. She is also the founder of a best practices group with the craft Guilds and film organizations recording oral histories, called the Moving Image Craft Documentation Alliance (MICD).

Moderator: Jean Moylan, NDSR-Art Resident, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

 


“When time-based media art in private collections no longer functions, who is responsible for conservation?”

The Small Data Industries lab — Ben Fino-Radin, Erin Barsan, Nick Kaplan and I — recently returned from the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) conference. The work I presented represents the “new” stream of my NDSR Art project, Something Old, Something New. My talk, within the Election Media Group (EMG) section, was entitled Conservators in the Wild: Collaboration with art studios, galleries and collectors. It calls attention to the conservation needs of time-based media art (TBMA) that exists outside the walls of institutions (that is, in “the wild”), in the contemporary art market — much of which is still being negotiated and standardized. In other words, the art world is often referred to as “the Wild West” (a phrase which also came up many times in the session).

Over the past 10 months, I’ve immersed myself in these contemporary art spaces — as a contrast to my background in cultural anthropology, ethnographic objects and Indigenous rock art conservation[1]. Although the art world has “practices, rituals and customs” that are unfamiliar to me, the methods are the same: observation and interviews in the field. These are often the only tools an anthropologist has in exploring new cultures in order to create primary source material. Whereas my previous fieldwork was conducted in literal fields and escarpments — here, I was “on the ground” in the contemporary media art world and my interviews were with emerging media artists, gallery owners, and private collectors. These interconnected spaces are what I will refer to as the “ecosystem of contemporary time-based media art”.

Within this ecosystem, I am focusing on the path of a TBMA piece from artist studio to gallery to private collection and looking for the problems it faces at each stop along its trajectory. My work also examines obstacles in the path’s interstitial spaces and the broader ecosystem that grows over many years in terms of obsolescence in private collections, reiterations in gallery spaces and new editions from the artist. As time passes, the spaces between these move farther apart — galleries close and artists retire — while complexities, particularly to the private collector, grow.

The Journey and Interstitial Spaces of TBMA
 Animation by Rachel Ward

This leads to the question: when time-based media art in private collections no longer functions, who is responsible for conservation — the artist, gallery, installation team or private conservation practice (that is, if a collector is even aware of such services)? Within museums, established protocols and processes are in place — but where should one turn without this system of defined support? Artists often pass their work directly from studio, to gallery to private hands. Yet these important, complex media pieces are stricken with the same inherent dilemmas as those safeguarded within institutions: obsolescence, demands for migration, repair and preservation.

The Path of TBMA Obsolescence
Animation by Rachel Ward

To unravel this theme at AIC, I quoted segments from my interviews with stakeholders that operate in mixed spaces in this “ecosystem” — for instance, when an artist’s work enters the gallery — when the collector reaches back out to them if a piece isn’t working — and instances of reiteration for new shows in galleries or museums. Overall, I attempted to include a broad spectrum of viewpoints to construct a more comprehensive view of this ecosystem, from established and emerging artists, to small and investment collectors, to the most serious, professionally managed private collections.

In my interviews with media artists, I realized concerns often stem from their old pieces in private collections that require repair. In these regards, they expressed the need for outside assistance, as well as creating comprehensive archives, documentation and bespoke storage systems based on their medium (e.g., apps, VR, installations). For the galleries, their needs mainly focused on a simple and easy way for them to safeguard their artists’ work, storage that would be synced with the artists’ studios for new versions and updates, and best methods for documenting and conferring artists’ parameters (for iteration, installation and repair) upon sale. Lastly, in my interviews with private collectors, it was apparent they desired a change in the viewpoint that once they buy a piece, they are the sole party responsible — or at the very least, basic instructions. According to one collection manager, “they never even told us to use a write-blocker!”. Finally, they want trust that if something goes wrong, there will be a defined system of support.

A “Healthy” TBMA Ecosystem
Animation by Rachel Ward

In looking forward to collaboratively develop recommendations, I recognized that many of these issues are professionally addressed and standardized in museums, with on-staff AV teams and conservators. But when these problems arise “in the wild”, new strategies must be conceived, often on the fly (as one gallery director put it), to address these urgent and, what could be very expensive, concerns. It seems that needs which occur outside the walls of institutions could be provided as a service, such as an ongoing monthly support model. For current and future collectors of TBM art, there needs to be assurance there is a system of support that will safeguard their investment. If this comes in the form of a service, such as a monthly fee, it needs to be simple and affordable.

It seems time-based media conservators in private practice could provide this support at every entry point along the TBMA path, directly to artists, galleries and private collections. Here, the most prudent and inexpensive solutions would rest in preventative conservation rather than salvage repair. In doing so, it could preemptively safeguard the legacy of artists — and by protecting works in private spaces, it may make TBMA more collectible, in turn, allowing artists to sustainably continue working in this medium for years to come. Importantly, these defined spaces of need may open up new roles and career opportunities for emerging media conservators, in our collective goal to preserve our global artistic legacy — from small art pieces “in the wild” to priceless artworks in institutions.

[1] Although, I am now renegotiating these established canons of anthropological research to that of digital anthropology, media archaeology, artist archives and time-based media art (TBMA)


A recording of the panel discussion “Safeguarding + Activating Digital Video Information in Cultural Institutions” is now available on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal:

Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information in Cultural Institutions

This event was co-organized by NDSR Art and the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).


Registration Open: NDSR Art Capstone

The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure
NDSR Art Capstone Event at MICA
Friday, June 28th, 2019, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Maryland Institute College of Art
Fred Lazarus IV Center, 1st Floor Auditorium (L115)
131 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD

We are happy to announce that we have opened registration for the 2018-2019 NDSR Art Capstone event, The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure.

During this symposium, NDSR Art residents from MICA’s Decker Library, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Small Data Industries will present possible solutions for the acquisition, preservation, and access of digital art and art information, from preserving born-digital documentation of the museum experience to working with at-risk artists’ archives. This event will also present an opportunity for attendees with different backgrounds to participate in discussions surrounding appraisal of digital media for GLAM institutions, development of artists’ archives, and DIY strategies for digital preservation.

Additionally, this one-day symposium will bring together digital archivists, digital curators, librarians, and artists to talk about digital art stewardship. Our guest speakers include Caroline Gil Rodríguez, Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde (ayo), Jazmyn Castro, and Bárbara Calderón. Check out our speakers page to learn more about them.

This event is free and open the public. However, we are offering the option to purchase a prepaid lunch catered by Dooby’s (we do encourage folks to bring lunch or choose the prepaid option as lunch options around the area are limited). More details here.

Want to participate? Propose a lightning talk! 

Please get in touch with Cristina Fontánez at cfontanezrodriguez@mica.edu if you have any questions.


Call for Lightning Talk Proposals – The Art of Digital Stewardship

The call for lightning talk proposals is open for the 2019 NDSR Art Capstone event hosted by MICA. This CFP is open to artists, students, educators, content creators, curators, archivists, librarians, etc so please feel free to share with folks outside of the information profession.

More info on the event and CFP below.

The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure
NDSR Art Capstone Event at Maryland Institute College of Art
Fred Lazarus IV Center, 1st Floor Auditorium (L115)
131 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD
June 28, 2019, 9:30am

Visit https://inside.mica.edu/ndsr for more information.

The National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art) capstone event, The Art of Digital Stewardship, is accepting proposals for lightning talks from the community. Lightning talk sessions will present a contribution, project, or theme related to the use of technology in art, digital preservation, digital archives, digital curation, or any topic related to the intersection of art and art information, particularly as it relates to digital media. This call for proposals is open to artists, students, educators, content creators, curators, archivists, and/or librarians.

The deadline to submit your proposal is May 15, 2019.

Submission link: https://forms.gle/EGeZ7rjq1trVZxrSA

Read more about the event below:

As the culminating event for the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will host The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure. During this symposium, NDSR Art residents from MICA’s Decker Library, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and Small Data Industries will present possible solutions for the acquisition, preservation, and access of digital art and art information, from preserving born-digital documentation of the museum experience to working with at-risk artists’ archives.

In addition, this one-day symposium will bring together digital archivists, digital curators, librarians, content creators, and artists to discuss digital art stewardship and focus on questions such as:

How are we conceptualizing the artistic process as information/ or as a record? How can we support artists’ engagement with the archival record? And, conversely, how can we support artists’ archival impulses?

The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure is sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art and the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information.

For more information, please contact Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez, cfontanezrodriguez@mica.edu.


Save the Date | The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure

The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure
NDSR Art Capstone Event at MICA
Friday, June 28th, 2019, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Maryland Institute College of Art
Fred Lazarus IV Center, 1st Floor Auditorium (L115)
131 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD

As the culminating event for the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art), the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will host The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure. During this symposium, NDSR Art residents from MICA’s Decker Library, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Small Data Industries will present possible solutions for the acquisition, preservation, and access of digital art and art information, from preserving born-digital documentation of the museum experience to working with at-risk artists’ archives.

Additionally, this one-day symposium will bring together digital archivists, digital curators, librarians, content creators, and artists to discuss digital art stewardship and focus on questions such as:

How are we conceptualizing the artistic process as information or as a record? How can we support artists’ engagement with the archival record? And, conversely, how can we support artists’ archival impulses?

The Art of Digital Stewardship: Content, Context, and Structure is sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art and the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration and program details will be made available soon. For more information, please visit the event’s page or contact Cristina Fontánez at cfontanezrodriguez@mica.edu.


NDSR Art Visits NYC

The NDSR Art Cohort (2018-19) Visits NYC

by Jean Moylan and Rachel Ward

 

Last month, we — Jean Moylan and Rachel Ward — hosted the NDSR Art (2018-19) cohort in New York City for a 3-day site visit consisting of tours, presentations, and events. Our objective was to develop a holistic itinerary that reflected both our NDSR Art Projects (Rachel is focusing on the media art ecosystem and conservation, while Jean is exploring digital preservation systems for A/V media). As such, we developed the theme of the “life cycle” of time-based media art by physically and pedagogically tracing the path of the piece from its creation in the artist’s studio, to conservation, acquisition and, ultimately, to preservation and storage in the collecting institution. Here is a look at what we put together:

 

Day 1: Guggenheim Offices

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Tali Han, Manager of Library and Archives, and Jillian Suarez, Associate Librarian, at the Guggenheim Reading Room

 

Jean: On the first day of the visit, Rachel and I met the rest of our NDSR Art cohort at the Guggenheim offices for a tour of the archives and afternoon of staff-led presentations. We started in the reading room, where my project supervisor Tali Han – joined by Joey Cabrera and Jillian Suarez of the Library & Archives department – gave us an overview of the Guggenheim Museum’s history, tracing from its inception as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in 1939 to the design and construction of its current, permanent building. Describing various items she’d pulled from the archives, Tali pointed out photographs of Peggy Guggenheim with her much-adored dogs and a shot of the Museum’s first librarians, Barbara Butler and Georgine Oeri. Some other highlights included a set of Ed Ruscha’s artist books and selections from Guggenheim founding director Hilla Rebay’s personal library, featuring zany titles such as, “The Power of Faith Healing: Psychic and the Divine” and, “The Voice of the Logos: The Way to Victorious Living.”

 

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Jean: In the afternoon session, we heard a presentation on the Panza Collection Initiative (PCI) led by Susan Wamsley (Digital Asset Manager), Cristina Linclau (Manager of Exhibitions and Collections Information), Kristen Tivey (Project Archives Assistant), and Tali. The PCI team formed in 2010 when the Guggenheim received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to preserve a collection of Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual artworks that the Museum had acquired from Italian collector Giuseppe Panza di Biuomo in the early 1990’s. With this context in mind, we viewed excerpts from the artist interview and advisory committee meeting videos that had been digitized as part of the project, and we learned about the range of other materials (in various formats) that are associated with the Panza Collection. During a hands-on workshop that followed the screening, the cohort and presenters worked together to think through some of the more challenging considerations that have emerged from figuring out how to cohesively represent information about these assets across the Museum’s three main asset management, digital repository and collections information tools (MediaBeacon, ArchivesSpace, and TMS). We used printouts as stand-ins for the collection’s different content categories and placed each example in what we agreed to be its appropriate location, choosing between combinations of TMS, the Museum’s DAM, and its archival repository. While we reached no definitive conclusions (of course), we appreciated the dynamic nature of this exercise and the novel spaces it generated for thoughtful discussions surrounding the integration of digital information systems, a topic I’ve grappled with in the context of my own project.

 

Day 2: The Whitney and METRO

Rachel: Following an immersive tour of the private Guggenheim Offices and Archives, we spent the following morning at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The panel, graciously organized by Farris Wahbeh (Director of Research Resources) (also my ARLIS/NA mentor), provided a unique behind-the-scenes opportunity — a comprehensive overview of their new Media Preservation Initiative (MPI), a Mellon grant-funded project to implement a holistic preservation framework for the time-based media art works in the Museum’s permanent collection. Small Data Industries, my NDSR host, was hired to consult at the ground-level of this project (detailed by Farris and Ben later that day at METRO). The Whitney presentation included Farris as well as the MPI team: David Neary (Project Manager), Savannah Campbell (Preservation Specialist, Video and Digital), Christopher Bernu (Project Manager), and Brian Block (Research Fellow, Collections Information and Data). They demonstrated the process of implementing this epic, multi-year project through smaller-phased initiatives that systematically liaise the Curatorial, Conservation, Library and Archive Departments. Following this exclusive, erudite opportunity, Farris led us through the Conservation and Media Labs to introduce us to Christine Frohnert (Media Conservator) and Richard Bloes (Senior Technician). They walked us through their media art conservation and preparation process as they acquired new pieces for their current exhibition, Programmed, a momentous journey through the history of media art — an extraordinary, multi-year feat (particularly for the media conservators!).

 

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Jean: After visiting the Whitney, the cohort made their way over to the far West side of Manhattan to attend “Safeguarding and Activating Digital Video Information,” a panel I co-organized with the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). This being my first experience organizing a public-facing panel discussion, I was equal parts excited and terrified for it to begin, but in the end extremely grateful to have Ben Fino-Radin, Farris Wahbeh, Amye McCarther, and Dave Rice as participants. Even though I’d reviewed the presenter’s abstracts in advance, I was pleasantly surprised at how varied and dynamic the discussion turned out to be. Topics ranged from preservation micro-services at CUNY-TV to born-digital video at the New Museum. Ben and Farris provided yet another perspective in their presentation on the Whitney’s Media Preservation Initiative, in which they talked about the RFP process and the Whitney’s collaboration with Small Data Industries.

 

Day 3: Small Data Industries

Rachel: On the final day of the Enrichment Session, we traveled to Industry City in Brooklyn to fuse the new physical and digital spaces we learned about on the trip. We designed the day’s experience to trace Cory Arcangel’s work from his studio —> to conservation lab (Small Data Industries) —> to museum acquisition (Christine and Richard’s demonstration) —> to installation (the Whitney’s Programmed exhibition —> to its ultimate home in digital storage (the theme of the Guggenheim, Whitney MPI and METRO presentations). In Cory’s studio, his assistants gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of his current works-in-progress and his older pieces that continue to inspire and shape the historical trajectory of contemporary media art. They also shared the storage system, custom-built by Small Data Industries, that facilitates geographic redundancy and disaster recovery — with the useful byproduct of real-time, remote collaboration among the studio’s distributed team.

Small Data Industries and Cory Arcangel’s Studio (Industry City, Brooklyn)

 

Visiting his studio granted us access to the “making” of the piece before we walked downstairs to the Small Data Industries lab. There, we introduced the other members of our team: our Operations Manager, Erin Barson (NDSR Art 2017-18), and Nick Kaplan (Winterthur/Delaware Program in Art Conservation) who is spending his third-year internship with us. Nick showed us Cory’s pieces that he is working on, from his early video-game work (currently at the Whitney) to ones that are being maintained and services for private collections. He also demonstrated some unique equipment, such as a UV drawer that erases data and the custom archival housing the team is designing for Cory’s works. We wrapped up the day in Camp David by discussing the manifestations and intersections of everything we had learned and seen and the things that we still hope to learn and see during the second-half our residencies.

 

Conserving the work of Cory Arcangel at the Small Data Industries lab

 

(Photo Credits: Rachel Ward)


Review Article: “Ways of Curating” (Feb 2019)

If you are interested, my review of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s “Ways of Curating” multimedia site is now published on the ARLIS/NA website:

Review: Ways of Curating (Feb 2019)

Rachel M. Ward
National Digital Stewardship Resident (NDSR Art) at Small Data Industries
Ph.D. Candidate in Interactive Arts & Technology

“Ways of Curating” is a website that serves as a digital, interactive mirror to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 2014 book of the same title. It was created in partnership with Google Arts & Culture to identify and coalesce a thoughtful selection of his projects from a prolific career curating over 200 art exhibitions. With immersive interaction, whimsical animations, and an artistic, design-focused layout, this site reimagines the often habitual and conformative formats of traditional online portfolios and art catalogs … Read More

Images from “Ways of Curating”

Permalink: https://arlisna.org/publications/multimedia-technology-reviews/1657-ways-of-curating

Small Data Industries in 2018

If you’d like to see what we’ve been up to at Small Data Industries — my host for my 2018-19 NDSR Art Residency — please reminisce with us in our 2018 in Review. Some highlights include working inside Louise Bourgeois’ archive, a collaboration with The Current Museum, a long-term project with the Whitney Museum of American Art and our in-lab conservation of Cory Arcangel’s legendary video game pieces (one of which is on view right now at the Whitney’s Programmed exhibit):

http://smalldata.industries/blog/2018-annual-report

 

We had the honor of working with thousands of Louise Bourgeois’ sound, video, and film recordings in her archive — preserved in the townhouse where she spent the later decades of her life.

 

Here I am testing out a work at The Current Museum: an experimental media art acquisition event. We process all of the pieces acquired at these quarterly salons, held at the founder’s loft in SoHo.

 

We are thrilled to be working with the Whitney Museum of American Art on a long-term project establishing their very first digital preservation/access system. Image from the Whitney’s Programmed exhibition, currently on view.

 

Cory Arcangel was one of our first clients and there’s been no shortage of new and exciting projects with him. Right now, our lab is filled with many of his famous “Mario Brothers” modification pieces — artworks that are coded and played on vintage Nintendo game cartridges and consoles.


Cristina and Molly go to iPRES in Boston

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We had the opportunity to attend iPRES 2018 in Boston last month thanks to the Portico funded Sponsored Registration for Underrepresented Students and First-time Attendees. Throughout the four days at Harvard University and MIT, there was the chance to meet a great group of digital preservation professionals for all over the world and participate in all-day workshops, panels, and discussions.

Check out the conference website for all the details, but here are some of our highlights:

 

Cristina’s Highlights: Attending in-depth workshops and gathering new insights and connects into her NDSR residency project.

As part of our Portico sponsorship, we were able to take two workshops during the first day of the conference. I decided to take a workshop titled: Digital Curation Workflows Based on Open-Source Software. While this workshop touched on open source tools, what stood out to me was the conversation surrounding the sharing of workflows among institutions. Interestingly, the discussion around sharing may have taken the most time out of our breakout groups. Mainly, participants cited common insecurities with sharing their work: concerns about it being seen as “correct” by their peers or being embarrassed about current state of collections. Another issue to take into consideration is how to communicate when workflows are aspirational or incomplete. As a new professional, I completely related. However, people citing these insecurities were not all new professionals but more so folks accomplished in their field. Apparently, we are all human.

This discussion was very interesting to me as one of the reasons I chose MICA’s project when applying to NDSR Art was that they emphasized not only wanting to create a new model for the collection, preservation, and, access to visual arts thesis, but also wanting to share this new model. How, why, and with whom documentation is shared needs to be evaluated. Furthermore, how do you tackle concerns from staff that feel they’re giving away their work without receiving credit? I have managed other projects in which I’ve developed workflows that I view as public. I’ve often shared these workflows with colleagues at other institutions when asked, but I’m now realizing that I’ve failed to be proactive in my sharing. Sharing requires intention and requires time. When developing workflows to make students’ art discoverable and accessible at MICA, I need to think about strategies that make our workflows and documentation discoverable and accessible as well.

Also, Molly learned a few phrases in Spanish!

Molly’s Highlights: Meeting professionals working on similar projects at different institutions and seeing Cristina’s lightning talk.

One of the reasons I wanted to attend iPRES was the chance to connect with a wide-variety of people from different types of institutions, but all working on or around digital preservation. It’s a unique conference that brings together a diverse, relatively small, but focused group. My NDSR project is centered on preserving interactive apps, web content, and other in-gallery media; all formats in the relatively nascent stages of having consensus on best practices and standards for archiving. This means that talking to people currently experimenting with these media types tends to be great sources of insight and guidance. The team at Rhizome and Web Recorder are shaping the the next iteration of models for web-archiving, so it was great to attend their half day workshop and walk away with ideas to test out on my institution’s newly retired website(s) following a recent redesign project. I got an impromptu email-archiving tutorial from one of the developers at Preservica during a group discussion, and connected with Smithsonian archivists about sharing policy and workflow examples. I also got to be part of a collaborative edit-a-thon for COPTR (Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry) with one of my project mentors at Digital POWRR and folks from the Digital Preservation Coalition.

I also had the good fortune to attend and support Cristina during her lightning talk on Tuesday. During her session, she shared an overview and update on her residency project which is focused on preservation and access to non-traditional art and design theses work. Her talk and topic added a missing piece not represented in the other conference presentations that I think many attendees were grateful to learn about; I know there were a number of audience members eager to follow her project and the outcomes she develops. Here’s a photo of Cristina in action: