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Friday, May 30 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
(Electronic Media Luncheon) Sustainably Designing the first Digital Repository for Museum Collections

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For three years, the Museum of Modern Art has worked to design and build the first digital repository for museum collections (DRMC). The goal of the system is to assist time-based media conservators in providing sustainable collections care to variable, time-based media and digital artworks in MoMA’s collections. The DRMC’s foundation is in international standards and Best-practices for long-term digital collections management, thus sustainability has been inherent in the design of the system from the outset. This mission of long-term viability and sustainability extends to every aspect of the project from the interdepartmental and interdisciplinary team of advisors at MoMA that steered the project, to the fundamental involvement of outside field experts, and the decision to work with and adapt existing, widely-adopted open-source software. This paper will study the DRMC itself as a tool for conservators, which provides much needed digital collections care, as well as the decisions made at every stage of design and implementation that contribute to the long term sustainability of the DRMC itself.

For AIC's 42nd Annual Meeting, this paper will be presented as a panel discussion among the four co-authors, emphasizing the interdisciplinary and collaborative team that was crucial to the
DRMC’s success as a viable and institutionally sustainable resource.

An emphasis will be placed on project management, collaboration, usability testing, and standards compliance with particular attention paid to the underlying open-source software that lies at the core of the DRMC. The paper takes the position that the needs of an institution are best and most sustainably served through understanding the existing ecology of open-source development and research, and finding ways to contribute to and expand existing tools a design philosophy that extends to all facets of the DRMC. At the time of the 42nd annual meeting the DRMC will be in its first public beta phase, allowing for the a public demo of the system.


Jim Coddington

Chief Conservator, Museum of Modern Art
Jim Coddington is the Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has a B.A. from Reed College and an M.S. from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum Conservation Program.
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Ben Fino-Radin

Associate Media Conservator, MoMA
Ben Fino-Radin is a museum professional specializing in the preservation of digital contemporary art and cultural heritage. Ben serves as Associate Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, as well as Adjunct Professor in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program... Read More →
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Dan Gillean

AtoM Program Manager, Artefactual Systems
Dan Gillean serves as the AtoM Progam Manager with Artefactual Systems and provides quality assurance testing, requirements analysis, documentation, technical support, and community dialogue for Artefactual's AtoM and Archivematica projects.
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Kara Van Malssen

Senior Consultant, AVPreserve
Kara Van Malssen is senior consultant at AVPreserve, where she works with clients on digital preservation/conservation and metadata management initiatives. She is also adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), where she teaches courses in Digital Preservation and Digital Literacy... Read More →

Friday May 30, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Marina Room