Just a Phase We're Going Through

BC Smith

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Performing Arts Resources is an occasional publication making reference material and research findings available to scholars, curators, and the staff of performing arts and general readership libraries. In this instance the publication followed presentations made at a Theatre Library Association Symposium (October 10th, 2003, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts) at the Lincoln Center, New York. My presentation entitled Just A Trace, see http://tla.library.unt.edu/smithabstract.htm - was on current holdings and Web access arrangements to the Live Art and Digital Performance Archives (somewhat inaccurately recalled in the Editor's Introduction as evocative filmed documentation of the wild avant garde performance scene in London p. xi). The article recalled some of the practical and technical problems of preservation of data prevalent at that time and outlined the particular collections then being collated into national collections (The Digital Performance Archive and The Live Art Archive – see Output 1 above - together with the acquisition by donation in 1998 of the entire video collection of the National Review of Live Art, 1986-present) currently (2006-08) being digitised under an AHRC Resource Enhancement Funded Project. The article ended by distinguishing between accessibility and preservation of data, asking the questions that were eventually to be answered by the digitisation process.

    Translated title of the contributionJust a Phase We'™re Going Through
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPerformance Documentation and Preservation in an Online Environment
    EditorsKenneth Schlesinger
    PublisherTheatre Library Association New York
    Pages46 - 53
    Number of pages8
    Edition3 b&w illustrations
    ISBN (Print)0932610218
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Bibliographical note

    Other identifier: 9780932610218
    Other: Contributions from 9 American universities and digital service providers including NYU, Cornell, California at Berkeley and Georgia, plus 3 based in the UK including Warwick and PADS, Glasgow


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