Rhizome Artbase

Databases and Archives
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2018
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Founded in 1999, the Rhizome ArtBase is an online archive of digital art containing over 2,500 art works. Encompassing a vast range of projects from artists all over the world, the ArtBase provides an online home for works that employ materials such as software, code, websites, moving images, games and browsers towards aesthetic and critical ends. The mission of the ArtBase is to provide free, open, and permanent access to a living and historic collection of seminal new media art objects.

The ArtBase includes two types of art objects: Linked Objects and Archival Copies. Both, Linked Objects and Archival Copies, include information about an artwork ("metadata"), such as the artist's name, the date the project was created, the project's title, original URL, keywords, technologies used, an artist's statement and a thumbnail image. Artists who submit artworks as Linked Objects or Archival Copies provide us with such metadata, which we may then edit to ensure completeness, consistency and accuracy.

Source: Rhizome.org

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The Artbase is is basing its metadata terminology and content types on the Dublin Core metadata design, and CDWA Lite (Categories for Description of Works of Art).

A full description of the preservation practices of the Rhizome Database is described in the 2011 article "Digital Preservation Practices and the Rhizome ArtBase" by Artbase Digital Conservator Ben Fino-Radin. 

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Elisabeth Nesheim