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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has officially announced the projects which have made the short list for the DPC awards. The nominees were announced at the iPres 2010 conference earlier today.
I am pleased to pass on the news that Preserving Virtual Worlds, our project with the Univ. of Illinois, Univ. of Maryland, and Rochester Inst. of Technology has been put on the short list for the international Digital Preservation Award. This award is presented in London as part of the Institute of Conservation ‘s (ICon) Conservation Awards.
The official news release is at http://www.dpconline.org/newsroom/latest-news/638-2010-digital-preservation-award-shortlists-press-release.
Speaking of PVW, we have just completed the final project report for the first two-year project funded by Library of Congress. You can find the report here:
Elijah Meeks, the digital humanities specialist in Stanford Academic Computing, has interviewed Tarn Adams (Dwarf Fortress, former Stanford Ph.D.) for the HASTAC blog. You can read the interesting interview here:
Bernhard Drax is best-known for his impressive work as a documentary machinima-maker and investigative reporter in Second Life (where he is known primarily as Draxtor Despres). In fact, he has multiple lives in the entertainment industry, making music and working in a variety of media.
Now he has achieved a first, with the featured presentations in both the Machinima Archive and the Archiving Virtual Worlds Collection. His machinima piece is "I'm Too Busy to Date Your Avatar!," made in collaboration with Second Life "talkshow Goddess" Pooky Amsterdam and the German house/electronica producer Samuel's Dream. It is a machinima response to the trailer for the third season of The Guild," "Do you wanna date my avatar."
In the Archiving Virtual Worlds Collection, "Gone Gitmo" chronicles the development of Gone Gitmo, a virtual installation of Guantanamo Bay in Second Life. This project is a collaboration of Peggy Weil and Nonny de la Pena. Gone Gitmo was a European "Every Human Has Rights" finalist for the Media Award given in 2008. Bernhard's efforts as an investigative journalist in Second Life are yielding unique video documentation of the uses and issues in this virtual world and thus we are very pleased to have his work in the Archives.
“6 Days” is a new piece stemming from a collaboration of master machinima maker Joshua Diltz and artist-provocateur Joseph DeLappe, two people whose work I have long admired. It has just been added to the Machinima Archive. Here is the introduction provided by Joshua:
Our machinima spot on the conference, by J. Joshua Diltz.
Stanford Magazine, the publication of the Stanford Alumni Association, provides a nice piece in its November/December 2008 issue on the Preserving Virtual Worlds project. Under the title "Saving Worlds: Preserving the Digital and Virtual," neatly summarizes the project and its work, with quotations from Henry Lowood (me) and Beth Dulabahn of the Library of Congress, as well as a couple of nice photos. By the way, the workshop described in the article was "Preserving Knowledge in Virtual Worlds," put on as part of Media-X' Summ
Back in 2003, Doug Wilson prepared two video loops for the "Fictional Worlds, Virtual Experiences" show I curated with Casey Alt for the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford. This was the first of the exhibitions the project has prepared over the years. More recently, the project has been active in Second Life, particularly through the Life-Squared project with Lynn Hershmann and the "Preserving Virtual Worlds" project.
In the Preserving Virtual Worlds project, we are exploring many methods for preserving the software and data of virtual worlds. Another central concern is making sure that an archival record remains of the activities and events that have occurred in these worlds.