Friday, August 31, 2012

Ars Electronica Open Archive

Austrian Ars Electronica in Linz holds one of the world’s largest archives of digital media art covering the last 30 years. It consists of documentations of the Ars Electronica Festival since 1979, the archive of Prix Ars Electronica with submissions of artists since 1987, as well as documentation of projects of the Ars Electronica Futurelab and of exhibitions in the Ars Electronica Center and worldwide. Beside thousands of video- and audio recordings, numerous photographs, negatives, and slides are stored, as well as an extensive collection of print material including publications, posters, folders, and press material.
After several digitization projects and migrations of older data logs, also all the entries for the Prix Ars Electronica submitted online in every year are being transferred to the archive automated. Accordingly a server-based digital archive has been developed, that is based on a complex database structure with metadata. At the present moment it consists of 116.000 entries with a storage volume of 60 terabytes.

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