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The purpose of the Electronic Media Group is to preserve electronic art, electronic-based cultural materials, and tools of their creation, and to provide a means for conservators and related professionals to develop and maintain knowledge of relevant new media and emerging technologies.

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Annual Meeting Programming

Meetings of the EMG group occur at the annual meetings of the American Institute for Conservation. Past topics included the preservation of video and other time-based media art, creation and maintenance of digital archives, digital imaging for preservation and access (including applicable hardware and software), preservation of digital media, hardware and software obsolescence, and the documentation and conservation of electronic playback hardware.

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TechFocus

The TechFocus workshop series is organized by the American Institute for Conservation's Electronic Media Group to provide detailed technical education in the preservation of media art. Launched on the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking TechArchaeology symposium that was held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2000, TechFocus offers in-depth instruction in a broad range of media. Each workshop, hosted by a different institution, is dedicated to one specific media-art technology. A systematic lecture program, delivered by international experts, introduces workshop participants to the technology behind these artworks, and offers real-world guidelines for their preservation. 

To visit the standalone sites for the individual Tech Focus conferences, please use the links below:

Tech Focus I: Caring for Video Art, which occurred September 1-2, 2010 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Tech Focus II: Caring for Film and Slide Art took place April 27-28, 2012 at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, DC.

Tech Focus III took place September 25-26, 2015 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY).

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Resources and Publications

EMG maintains a variety of online resources about the conservation of electronic media and time-based media. 

The EMG section of the AIC Wiki is updated and maintained by EMG members, but welcomes edits and new content from anyone regardless of specialty group membership. The wiki provides information regarding the preservation and conservation of all types of electronic media: audio, moving images, born-digital media, and time-based media.

The Electronic Media Review, a biennial publication of the talks presented at the Electronic Media Group (EMG) sessions of the AIC Annual Meeting. New site coming soon!