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PANIC Objectives

  1. Review current and proposed strategies and existing projects that focus on the preservation of scientific data and new media art.
  2. Develop a classification set (i.e., a Type vocabulary) for multimedia objects and determine the criteria necessary to classify digital objects into such categories.
  3. Quantitatively and qualitatively analyze and compare various strategies (emulation, migration, documentation) for preservation of the different classes of new media art by applying them to a number of case studies.
  4. Conduct interviews with content creators to determine their attitudes to preservation strategies and the possible effects of preservation on creative integrity, meaning, authenticity, originality.
  5. Based on the test cases, extend and refine existing strategies or develop new strategies for the preservation of multimedia digital objects.
  6. Develop tools, workflows and software applications to support preservation strategies e.g., metadata/documentation input tools, automatic reformatting software, questionnaires.
  7. Develop recommendations and guidelines for multimedia creators and collecting agencies with respect to: multimedia formats, authoring tools, platforms, metadata etc. to facilitate preservation and ensure maximum longevity and accessibility of artworks whilst also ensuring that the artistic integrity, authenticity and originality is maintained during any preservation processes.
  8. Determine the optimum preservation strategy for each class of multimedia object.
  9. Develop an ontology for describing preservation services.
  10. Implement a web service architecture for preservation services.