Handling Digital Assets in Time-Based Media Art

Erica Titkemeyer, a fellow of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program, recently presented at UMD’s MITH on her initiative at the Smithsonian Institution: preservation topics related to digital assets in time-based media art. Given the complexity of digital files associated with time-based artworks, how are we as archivists, digital humanists, librarians, &c. to go about ensuring the ongoing accessibility and integrity (from both archival and artistic perspectives) of these works?

In her time at the Smithsonian, Erica has worked to develop a framework for digital preservation of  time-based media, a task which — if her MITH presentation is any indication — is crazy complicated. However, she has worked to develop a preservation methodology that is conscious of traditional archival concerns as well as specific concerns regarding software/technological specifications, complex relationships between constituent elements of a work, and features of the work’s instantiation (i.e. resolution, dimensions, display format/hardware, &c.). As emerging library and info science pros, topics like this loom large on the horizon of our discipline.

Be sure to check out her work at:

And be sure to follow her on Twitter!

And, of course, be sure to check out the other NDSR fellows and the awesome things they are doing in the field and in the area.


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