Access: Digital Scholarship and planning for change

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Planning for Change, Building in Redundancy: Preserving our Computers and Writing Conference Archives | Michael Day: The Computers and Writing Memorabilia Project (CWMP), a collection of digitized documents, photographs, and objects from 30 years of Computers and Writing Conferences, went live in 2013 and stayed live until mid-2016. With the sudden, unexplained disappearance of the site and its host,, countless hours of work and valuable documents disappeared. This conference session will ask participants to use their collective wisdom to help solve the problem and prevent future occurrences, leading to a more general discussion of archival generation and preservation methods for digital rhetoric scholars.

Preserving Digital Scholarship Using the Variable Media Approach | John Walter: As those of us involved in digital rhetoric and digital humanities increasingly produce multimedia born-digital scholarship, we, as the scholars who produce and rely upon such scholarship, will increasingly find it necessary to consider how to preserve such scholarship. In this presentation I will introduce the Variable Media Approach and a series of case studies I've developed using the Variable Media Questionnaire in order to explore the feasibility of using the VMQ as a tool to help us think through issues of preservation of our scholarship and to determine how we might better design such scholarship to facilitate preservation.

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Davis 181
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Concurrent Session E