Since the first lockdown in March 2020, we have considered our online presence. Along with considering our 'Digital Ethics' (see our Counter Cloud action plan), there were also many functionality and practical issues to be dealt with.
We came to some conclusions; for example, we look a little tired and outdated; our online offer is confused; language and languages need better consideration; online accessibilty needed to be addressed. All those things that get lost in the pressure to deliver outcomes. NEoN also holds an enormous amount of documentation that is not accessible.
Over the years, we have documented many activities, commissioned new works, and accumulated a large amount of data and digital assets. There are hours of video footage, thousands of images, hundreds of artists' interviews, commissioned works, behind-the-scenes information, new sound works, coverage of discussions and talks, and much more. So over the past 18 months, we have worked hard with online digital archivist Allan McCafferty to bring our past work into the public domain.
Over time NEoN has grown to recognise the importance of preserving these assets but has never had the resources to adequately archive the materials and make them available to an audience. We are now exploring what NEoN’s digital archiving strategy might look like and considering the values and resources required moving forward.
We are very excited to introduce our online archive - https://neon-archive.com
This online archive marks one of our milestone ambitions of collating and organising our data and assets into one place. Along with making it accessible to the public.
This is a working project and will be updated and adapted regularly, and we understand that some information may be missing or incomplete. We also acknowledge that the content management system we have chosen to use is not as accessible as we would like it to be. With this in mind, we are investigating how further developments can address this.
NEoN would like to thank the developers of Indexhibit. Indexhibit is an archetypal portfolio CMS for everybody, made available by developers Jeffery Vaska and Daniel Eatock.
This system is free to download and use, but please consider donating to the cause.
We are also very impressed with the diligent work done by our online digital archivist, Allan McCafferty and will be eternally grateful to him for making our messy files organised, for showing patience when negotiating our creative file naming system and for making our archives public.
With NEoNs materials, you are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Image Credit: NEoN 2013 Annual General Karaoke, Yuck n Yum
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