What We Do

Annual Meeting & Events

The group provides programming at AIC’s Annual Meeting and at special conferences and events. Electronic media programming sometimes corresponds with the overall meeting theme, sometimes concentrates on a special theme, and frequently includes collaborative efforts with other specialty groups. Topics covered include collections management, treatments, updates on research, disaster recovery, research and analysis, case studies, techniques, and other issues. The program is usually a full day or more of paper presentations, panel discussions, tips sessions, workshops, as well as a business meeting and social events. Program content is then assembled into publications and resources.

Starting in 2018, EMG offers Scholarships to help defray costs for EMG members to attend the AIC Annual Meeting.

Publications and Resources

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.
  • Join the EMG online community to participate in an open forum for conservation and preservation professionals. The community is open to EMG members at no extra charge.


Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, EMG started TechFocus, a series of workshops on technical issues in the preservation and presentation of electronic art. The series acknowledges the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking TechArchaeology symposium held at SFMoMA.

Get Involved

Become affiliated with AIC's newest specialty group. Celebrate years of provocative programs that keep the AIC community abreast of new technologies in the conservation profession and the challenges raised by new media. Join nearly 150 individuals and institutions who constitute the EMG.

EMG annual dues for AIC members are only $25 and are used to support EMG programs at the annual AIC meeting. Student rates are available for both AIC and EMG memberships. 

Benefits of EMG membership include: access to the EMG community, an open forum for sharing questions, ideas, and information; a free optical media pen (a $4 value); and the satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the growth and vitality of the conservation profession as it evolves.