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Website: Archiving the Arts

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Artists working with video, audio, and digital materials face unique challenges.

Conventional archival practices for electronic media don't always take into account the need for artists to maintain material for their ongoing practice—in other words, a true "working archive." It can also be difficult for an archival institution to come up with strategies for the care of unique works that may not always adhere to "best practices."

Archiving the Arts is an ongoing project of Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP). The goal: provide media artists, and the caretakers of artists' collections, with resources to help ensure the survival of these unique works. In addition to symposia and public programs, IMAP has created this web resource to provide real-world case studies of these ideas in practice.