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Title:Retrocomputing as preservation and remix
Author(s):Takhteyev, Yuri; DuPont, Quinn
software preservation
cultural informatics
digital curation and preservation
social computing
social and community informatics
Abstract:This paper looks at the world of retrocomputing, a constellation of largely non-professional practices involving old computing technology. Retrocomputing includes many activities that can be seen as constituting “preservation.” At the same time, it is often transformative, producing assemblages that “remix” fragments from the past with newer elements or joining together historic components that were never combined before. While such “remix” may seem to undermine preservation, it allows for fragments of computing history to be reintegrated into a living, ongoing practice, contributing to preservation in a broader sense. The seemingly unorganized nature of retrocomputing assemblages also provides space for alternative “situated knowledges” and histories of computing, which can sometimes be quite sophisticated. Recognizing such alternative epistemologies paves the way for alternative approaches to preservation.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Takhteyev, Y., & DuPont, I. Q. (2013). Retrocomputing as preservation and remix. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 422-432). doi:10.9776/13230
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30

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