In a world where film archivists, historians, museums and information scientists research the practice of ARCHIVING, what can a media designer bring to the table?


Archiving & Archive:

-collection containing records, documents, or other materials of historical interest.

-a place where public records or other historical documents are kept.

-a repository for stored memories or information.

-to place or store in an archive.


-a single file containing one or (usually) more separate files plus information to allow them to be extracted (separated) by a suitable program. Archives are usually created for software distribution or backup. tar is a common format for Unix archives, and arc or PKZIP for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows.

-to transfer files to slower, cheaper media (usually magnetic tape) to free the hard disk space they occupied. This is now normally done for long-term storage but in the 1960s, when disk was much more expensive, files were often shuffled regularly between disk and tape.


-ARCHIVED ORIGINAL: Material, hardware, or software used in the first incarnation of the work.

-STORED: Material, hardware, or software that has been warehoused for future use as long as it remains viable.

-MIGRATED: Material, hardware, or software upgraded to its contemporary equivalent, often sacrificing the exact look or form of the original.

-EMULATED: Material or hardware rebuilt to imitate the impression conveyed by the original work, or software run in a special programming environment that imitates the original one.


-practice and science of classification.-trees, groupings, subgroups, hierarchical structure.


-practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate, index and categorize content.-collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, social tagging.


-exercise or activity for amusement or recreation.

-fun or jest, as opposed to seriousness: I said it merely in play.

-a space in which something, as a part of a mechanism, can move.

-freedom of movement within a space, as of a part of a mechanism.

-freedom for action, or scope for activity: full play of the mind.

Deep Play:

-deep play is the ecstatic form of play. In its thrall, all the play elements are

visible, but they’re taken to intense and transcendent heights.

-deeper, transcendent form of play.


-mutual or reciprocal action, effect, or influence.


-interacting with a human user, often in a conversational way, to obtain data or commands and to give immediate results or updated information.

-of or pertaining to a two-way system of electronic communications, as by means of television or computer.

-a term describing a program whose input and output are interleaved, like a conversation, allowing the user’s input to depend on earlier output from the same run.

-acting or capable of acting on or influencing each other.

-when a message is related to a number of previous messages and to the relationship between them.

New Media:

-developing usually electronic forms of media regarded as being experimental.

-any interactive media, esp. electronic mass media combined with computers; also, this combination as a profession.


-gone by in time and no longer existing.

-events of an earlier time.

-history of something or someone.

-an event or action that leads to another event.

-a separate introductory section to a literary or musical work.

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