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3:30pm

Preserving the Creative Culture of the Web
    For over 20 years the web has provided continuous deluge of cultural production. Digital artifacts such as websites, images, and videos have much to communicate about our social and cultural evolution, and yet their messages or moments can be fleeting or quickly lost. Both the accessibility and longevity of digital content are subject to a wide range of risks, from technological obsolescence to outright deletion by their creator or host. So what is being done to preserve these cultural objects for the long term? Approaching web content from a cultural and artistic perspective, this panel will convene leading writers, archivists, thinkers and technologists to discuss to the questions, challenges, and imperatives involving preserving the creative culture of the web. We'll cover topics like "what is the long-term significance of a website, and why would it be worth preserving?", "should web sites and artifacts be treated like works of art or architecture?", and "how do we go about archiving digital content to ensure its accessibility and longevity?". Example initiatives to be discussed will be the Archive Team's various projects (such as the Geocities torrent), the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, Internet Archeology, and the Rhizome ArtBase. This panel will be presented by Rhizome, an organization dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.

    Speakers
    Adjunct Archivist | Internet Archive | Computer Historian, Documentary...

    Asst Professor | University of Maryland | Kari Kraus is an Assistant...

    Dir Technology | Rhizome | Nick Hasty is an artist, programmer...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #digiprsrv
    Theme Better Tomorrow
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP100111

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