About

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.

Education

Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, EMG’s TechFocus workshop series was initiated in 2010 to provide practical training for museum professionals around the care of technology-based artworks. The series was launched on the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking TechArchaeology symposium held at SFMoMA in 2000. The first three TechFocus workshops focused on issues related to the care of video artworks, film and slide artworks, and software-based artworks. TechFocus IV (2021) will examine issues around caring for 3D-printed artworks. 

EMG also frequently holds workshops and other opportunities for education at AIC’s Annual Meetings.

Get Involved

We welcome new members to our ever-growing community of museum professionals and individuals with diverse backgrounds, training, and technical expertise. EMG annual dues for AIC members are $25 and are used to support EMG programs at the annual AIC meeting. We strongly support making membership accessible to emerging conservation professionals; student rates are available for both AIC and EMG memberships.

  • To become a member of EMG, visit the AIC membership page and join online or download the application form. Contact membership@culturalheritage.org if you have any questions.