CS 775 – Requirements Engineering

Project 1


The conservation department of you museum will begin creating a conservation strategy for digital artwork. The general requirements are to document the artworks attributes and track them over time so that their technological needs can be met for future installations. As part of this requirements process you must design a comprehensive questionnaire that will thoroughly document the artwork. This questionnaire will be converted into a collection of database entries that will help track of each component over time and provide a risk assessment as to the supportability of each component. For example, say the artwork uses a special piece of hardware that may no longer exit in the future; what are the risks and how may they be mitigated.




Preserving Digital for Deep time  ppt


Paradigm Shifts in the Conservation of Electronic Art


Working Documents

Requirements Questions and Tables      file

Additional Questions          file


Assignment Due: November 1, 2011

New: Collected Questions and Tables (October 18, 2011)      file

Take this document, consolidate and organize the questions and table

so it serves as a starting point for project and a questionnaire for stakeholder engagement.


Nov. 1 Submissions:

Mani and Ingrid


Use Cases - Preserving Digital Art          Digital_Artwork_Preservation_Priorities


Nov. 8 Submissions


Mani and Ingrid


Juan, Sam, Eric

Conservation Questionnaire       Security            Audio/Video




  1. F.T. Marchese. 2011. “Conserving Digital Art for the Ages,” Media in Transition 7: Unstable Platforms: The Promise and Peril of Transition (Boston, MIT, May 13-15, 2011).     PDF
  2. T.A. Yeung, S. Carpendale and S. Greenberg, “Preservation of Art in the Digital Realm,” The Proceedings of iPRES2008: The Fifth International Conference on Digital Preservation, (London: British Library, 2008)           PDF
  3. “Digital Preservation,” ECRIM News, No. 80, January, 2010.  PDF
  4. L. Aversano and M. Tortorella. 2004. “An assessment strategy for identifying legacy system evolution requirements in eBusiness context: Research Articles.” J. Softw. Maint. Evol. 16, 4-5 (July 2004), 255-276.          PDF
  5. C. Becker, G. Kolar, J. Kung, and A. Rauber. 2007. “Preserving interactive multimedia art: a case study in preservation planning”. In Proceedings of the 10th international conference on Asian digital libraries: looking back 10 years and forging new frontiers (ICADL'07), D. Hoe-Lian Goh, et al. (Eds.). Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 257-266.   PDF
  6. .J. Bisbal, D. Lawless, B. Wu, and J. Grimson. 1999. “Legacy Information Systems: Issues and Directions.” IEEE Softw. 16, 5 (September 1999), 103-111.     PDF


Select Digital Artwork

Artist(s) and Artwork Websites



Kate Armstrong & Michael Tippett

MW2MW (Marek Walczak & Martin Wattenberg)

Thinking Machine


Digital Art Exhibitions and Related Digital Art and Design Web Sites

Exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art (New York)

Exhibition at the V & A Museum (London)

Commissions & exhibits new web-based art forms (Also see its Networked_Performance Blog)

Website dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.

Website related to Stephen Wilson’s books on information art (Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science, and Technology and Art+Science Now)