Photo: Somaya Langley

What we do

Our Digital and Audio-Visual Heritage Special Interest Group (Electron) aims to:

Foster and facilitate a forum for professional discourse, encouraging cooperation to share skills and expertise around the conservation and preservation of digital and audiovisual cultural materials.

Develop and disseminate knowledge, information and understanding of evolving best practice in the management of digital and audiovisual cultural materials.

Build and grow networks with allied professions in the digital and audiovisual industries.

Born-digital and digitised materials such as still images, sound and moving image or video recordings and digital, interactive, networked and web-based artworks present unique conservation challenges. Managing and preserving these objects is an important task for those working in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum) sector. 

The underlying principles are the same as in traditional conservation, the nature of audiovisual and digital materials means conservators and preservation staff focus on the content and function of a work, rather than on the materials that make up the work.

Conferences and events

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The Electron convenor is:

      • Asti Sherring - Art Gallery of NSW

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Archives and Collections


Past Activities

 Co-convened the Symposium with the AICCM Objects Special Interest Group

 Play it Forward, Sustainability in a Time of Rapid ChangeWednesday 18th - Fri 20th November 2015

Electron Co-Presenting the Technical Day - panels included:

Super-abilities: sustainability of the arts, culture and collections
Nicole Canham (artistic director/clarinettist, PhD candidate, Queensland University), Clare Cooper (designer/harpist, PhD candidate, Macquarie University),  Assoc Prof Melanie Swalwell (ARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor, Department of Screen and Media, Flinders University)

Professional education and the preservation of audio heritage: crisis and opportunity? 
Dr. Sigrid McCausland (Senior Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University), Mick Newnham (Manager, Conservation & Research, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia), Sarah-Jane Rennie (Head, Collections Care, Sydney Living Museums), Bruce Tulloch (Managing Director, Bitscope)