Paradigm shifts in the conservation of electronic art said Howard Besser
How long we keep things? Companies keep information for day o years Individuals keep thing for years or a lifetime Archives Libraries and museums keep things for hundred of years. The Digital works in the past we knew about history by finding written documents:
Changes between different drafts of a scientific or literary paper Letters and correspndence between a scientist or literary figure and colleagues that both helps contextualize. With good temperature and humidity we used to preserve the work, but nowadays it does not work.
What to save Old artifact or New idea+ancillary material & documentation Catalogin OLD individual work in hand NEW FRBR The original state its important , but in Electronic media, the things is different because its more difficult to find the original data. If I want tos save my website. The problem emerges because the media in where we kept the files is in constant change. The compression is not a good idea to save space, because we may need it. The encryption and locks of the material and then we are trying to make someone in the future, maybe they wont be able to open them. The info is increasingly inter related to other info , how do we make our own info persist when it points to and integrates with info owned by others, what is the boundary of a set of information or even of a digital object. Other problema is the custodial , in the past mucho of survival was due to redundancy, how do we decide what to save? Who should save it?
If we have too many copies, the material can be preserved, but if we only have a few copies, it may be lost. How to save information, Methods for later access, refreshing, and migration, or emulation, Issues of authenticity and evidence. Maybe we can use different devices maybe in dvds, hard disks, or other devices, because they tend to lose quality, maybe even changing it from software that may be changing over time. The emulation is for pieces of art, The translation problema content translated into new delivery devices changes meaning. A Photo vs a painting ff info is produced originally in digital form in one encoded format, will it be the same when translated into another format? Behaviors the televisión is changing the format of televisión to cinema format. Responding to serious longevity problems. What is the work, if it is a wall drawing in the wall, the museum ejecuted the installation with the instructions of the painter, to preserve it we have to preserve the design, and photos of the installation and then we can rebuild it, then we can document the install. The best way to save, is use standards, be aggressive about asset management saving component parts and ancillary materials, both creador and archive should develop an institution wide plan for saving elctronic works, refresshing and either migration etc… For the Electronic media enormous number of elements can at times be very important to preserve, pacing, original artifact. Elements used to construct the artifact too complex to save every one of these aspects for every type of material.
Importance of saving pieces representations and documentation involve creators & curators to capture intentions. Importance of standards familiarize In new ongoing management, like saving the concept and the ideas to make them furthermore, the material and document it with photos , look for the site of http:// besser.tsoa.nyu.edu/Howard/Talks/
comment Paulina Mallard Mireles at Grupo Editorial Medios Inteligentes, S. A. de C.V. See all Paulina’s activity »
I also suggest to keep a copy on a cloud in the internet, you need many copies, cd´s, and dvd´s are not the best way to keep photos, as on the symposium said. Create, update, manage and maintain GOOD METADATA throughout the life cycle of the digital object, accessibility and usability of content, to preserve a bit we need to make various copies of the file and update, or audit if the file has not been corrupt, and refile it, to preserve the highest quality version . The highest resolutions is at 25 in video not in mpg or video, the file that we can watch in the archive internet, and there is the information to know what different kind of compressions the best to keep it is in its original size, Create files using open, standardized, non-propietary file formats and codec’s, high resolution or uncompressed and avoid transcoding during production.