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Stage 1: The 2014 edition of the paper, with preliminary interviews (included in the text).Microsoft Word 2007


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Stage 2 - Follow-up interviews with the same creators in 2017, comparing and contrasting their answers over 3 to 20 years. Prepared as a 10 page prepress edition for iPres Kyoto.Microsoft Word 2007


Title:Phantoms of the digital opera: The need for long term preservation of born-digital actors and multimedia objects using methods that permit ongoing new creations - Prepress
Author(s):Strong, Dena L.
Subject(s):Long term digital preservation
Digital video creation
Digital animation
Version compatibility
Digital lifecycle
Abstract:While the rapid improvement in computing power and digital tools have offered a vast new realm of creativity to more independent creators than ever before, that same rapidly changing pace also offers a unique threat to those digital creators: What can you do when the length of time you need to finish your project is longer than the length of time your computer’s OS or software is supported? How can a small creative or research group best ensure that their work can still be actively worked with in five years – or twenty-five years? In this paper, I’ve assessed digital preservation recommendations over time, discussing the gap between the recommendations for preserving a completed work and digital creators’ ongoing needs to be able to create further work. I have three case studies created from longitudinal interviews with digital creators to determine how their own creative ecosystems have held up to the pressure of time, where their systems have begun to degrade, and how they continue their digital work across years or decades. Currently, either maintaining an aging system or recreating entire worlds with different, newer systems are the best available options for the digital creators I interviewed, though neither is optimal. Hardware and software vendors’ intentional dropping of backwards compatibility prohibits accurate forward migration for many digital media creators. The Pericles model seems promising, but Pericles itself is not open to individuals. Future improvements in emulation, including cloud-based virtualization, may offer a path forward if these services can improve their user friendliness and resolve the version compatibility issues that create obstacles today.
Issue Date:2017-09-25
Citation Info:Strong, D. (2017). Phantoms of the Digital Opera - Supplemental and prepress material. Supplements conference proceedings published by iPres 2017: the 14th International Conference on Digital Preservation. Kyoto.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-01

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