announcements


‘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to these materials is typically limited, they nevertheless hold great documentary value, at times containing otherwise unpublished information about the artists and artworks represented in museum collections.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: jmoylan@guggenheim.org


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

Symposium

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

Sessions:
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


Registration Open: NDSR Art Immersion Week Keynote – Digital Transformation and Cultural Heritage

To close the 2018-2019 NDSR Art Immersion Week, Keynote Douglas Hegley, Chief Digital Officer at Minneapolis Institute of Art, shares reflections on digital transformation and cultural heritage.

Digital Transformation and Cultural Heritage
Keynote Lecture by Douglas Hegley
Friday, July 20th // 4pm
Perelman Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The keynote is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register here.

Please share this with colleagues and anyone else you know who might be interested.

 

Douglas Hegley joined the museum sector in 1997, after previous stints in higher education and pediatric research. During 14 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, he helped create collaborative technology operations and deliver engaging digital content to visitors. In 2011 he joined the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where as the Chief Digital Officer he sets the vision and strategy for all digital media and technology efforts, and aims to deliver engaging stories to all audiences via digital channels. Mr. Hegley has been recognized by his peers as a leader in the field, and has served on the boards and committees of several cultural heritage organizations, including the Minnesota Association of Museums, and the Museum Computer Network (president in 2011).

 

 

NDSR Art
The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Art program helps art and cultural institutions tackle issues of digital stewardship. It is an iteration of the NDSR program that began in 2013, with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The mission of the NDSR program is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.

NDSR Art adapts and expands the NDSR model by addressing issues of digital preservation and stewardship in relation to the arts, with a particular focus on new media and arts information. The program will support two nationally dispersed cohorts– each consisting of four recent postgraduates placed in host institutions for twelve-month residencies. The first cohort begins late July 2017 with an Immersion Week held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

NDSR Art is a partnership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA, made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 


Registration Open: NDSR Art Capstone – Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information

NDSR Art Capstone: Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information
Friday, June 29, 2018, 9:30am-5:00pm
Kislak Center (6th floor), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania

This symposium will provide a platform for the NDSR Art residents to discuss their experiences developing preservation and access strategies for GLAM assets, as well as offer perspectives from new media curators, time-based media artists, conservators, and preservationists.

To signal the end of the 2017-2018 National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art), the NDSR Art cohort is hosting 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 will examine 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. Their efforts aspire to contribute to the larger conversation surrounding arts-related preservation issues and to identify strategies to preserve unique digital assets and documentation. The event will expand the discussion and offer perspectives from practitioners in the field, including new media curators, time-based media artists, conservators, and preservationists.

 

Schedule

 

Time Section
9:30am-10:00am Registration
Coffee and light breakfast
10:00am-10:15am 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
10:20am-11:15am NDSR Art Hosts Panel Discussion
Frances Lloyd-Baynes
Content Database Specialist, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Margaret Huang [ppt] [Marge_Capstone]
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
11:20am-12:20pm 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
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch Break
1:40-2:30pm 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
2:40-3:30pm Advancing New Strategies in the Preservation and Conservation of Time-Based Media Art
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
3:30-4:00pm Coffee break
4:00-4:50pm 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-López
Time-based media consultant, Small Data Industries
4:50pm-5:00pm Closing Remarks
NDSR Art Residents
5:10pm-7:00pm Reception

 

The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and providing access to  the digital record of human achievement. NDSR Art adapts and expands the NDSR model by addressing issues of digital preservation and stewardship in relation to the arts, with a particular focus on new media and arts information.

NDSR Art Capstone: Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information is sponsored by the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art) and Penn Libraries.


Save the Date: NDSR Art Capstone – Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information

NDSR Art Capstone: Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information
Friday, June 29, 2018, 9:30am-5:00pm
Kislak Center at Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

To signal the end of the 2017-2018 National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art), the NDSR Art cohort is hosting 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 will examine 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. Their efforts aspire to contribute to the larger conversation surrounding arts-related preservation issues and to identify strategies to preserve unique digital assets and documentation. The event will expand the discussion and  offer perspectives from practitioners in the field, including new media curators, time-based media artists, conservators, and preservationists.

The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and providing access to  the digital record of human achievement. NDSR Art adapts and expands the NDSR model by addressing issues of digital preservation and stewardship in relation to the arts, with a particular focus on new media and arts information.

This program is free and open to the public, although registration is recommended. Registration information and a program schedule will be made available soon. For more information please contact Elise Tanner, NDSR Art Resident at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, elise.tanner@philamuseum.org or Coral Salomón, NDSR Art Resident at the University of Pennsylvania, Fisher Fine Arts Library, corals@upenn.edu.

NDSR Art Capstone: Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information is sponsored by the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art) and Penn Libraries.