digitalartarchive.at serves the purpose to document as well as disseminate digital art and to foster the collaborative exchange on related issues. In particular, data is collected on artworks, events, artists and scientists, who deal with Digital Art and art and science. It enables the storage, management and long-term archiving of media files, in particular graphics, video, text, and audio files for non-commercial purposes, e.g. for teaching and learning. Furthermore, the "ADA community" offers its "Members" an internal message system and enables them to pursue activities and events organized by other "Members". At digitalartarchive.at there are three User levels: Administrators, Member of the Community ("Member") as well as Anonymous/Public Users. The scope of services as well as access rights of a User varies, depending on the user level. In the following, the Head of the Archive is referred to as "Service Provider" and the user as "User".
1. Administrator: He/She has unlimited access rights, such as reading, modification and authoring rights to all files stored on digitalartarchive.at. He/She sets up Artist and Scholar pages and assigns passwords. He/She can edit and delete any existing information in the database.
2. Member: He/She has registered himself under www.digitalartarchive.at by means of the registration form, see: www.digitalartarchive.at/support/account-request.html. During the registration he shall be required to give truthful and complete information about his name, place of residence, profession, institution, year of birth and email address. In order to be able to register, the Member requires an email address and a password of his choice. There is no entitlement to registration. The decision to grant or refuse registration is solely done by the Administrators of digitalartarchive.at on the basis of the information given in the registration form ('Registration form'). By registering, the Member accepts these Terms and Conditions for all objects, information, comments and works, which he has uploaded or published or are attributable to persons under his influence or legal sphere. After registering, he/she shall have the right to generate a profile, which is publicly available (except: Emerging Artist/Scholar; see below); to create content, especially upload and save graphics, video, text and audio files; to exchange ideas with other Members and comment on the contributions of other Members; to delete or to alter at any time his personal data as well as contents and contributions he/she has authored. However, the publicly viewable database entries, which concern his own person, can only be deleted upon personal request to the Administrators. Within the member-level, distinction is made between the following member types: Artist, Scholar, Emerging Artist/Scholar. The mentioned member types differ in terms of their access rights and their representation.
The Artist at the time of his registration has at least completed 5 exhibitions and/or can demonstrate 5 publications concerning his work. A password assigned to him by the Administrator enables him to log into the "ADA Community." He/She is given a separate entry, which is publicly displayed in the Archive of Digital Art and which he/she is able to edit via his profile. He/She can use the Community features, subscribe to news and use the internal messaging system. He/She can add his/her own works to the archive and upload media objects. Media objects are i.e. images in "jpeg" format and videos and audio files in "mp4" format.
The Scholar has published at least five scientific papers on the subject of Digital Art and/or has organized as a curator at least 5 topic relevant exhibitions. A password assigned to him by the Administrator enables him to log into the "ADA Community." The Scholar is given a separate entry, which is publicly displayed in the Archive of Digital Art, and which he/she is able to edit via his profile. He/She can use the Community features, subscribe to news and use the internal messaging system. The Scholar differs from Artist in that he/she can not upload any works of art and therefore cannot add any own works to the archive.
Emerging Artist/Scholar, Emerging Artists/Scholars do not yet fulfil the requirement of the 5 exhibitions/publications, but however verifiably deal with the matter Digital Art. They do not have an own publicly displayed database entry; but as soon as they fulfil the criteria, they can become an "Artist" or a "Scholar". A password, which is assigned to them by the Administrator, enables them to log into the "ADA Community." Members without an own database entry have a restricted profile page, which is not shown publicly, but from which they can add texts, exhibitions or literature to the archive. They can use the community features, subscribe to updates and use the internal messaging system.
3. Anonymous User / Public User: He/She has the right, without prior registration, to visit the publicly accessible part of digitalartarchive.at. He/She only has an authorization to read the objects stored in the publicly accessible areas of digitalartarchive.at. He/She has no access to the "ADA Community".
3. Commitment of the Members to lawful conduct
4. Media objects and texts on digitalartarchive.at
Media objects are i.e. images in "jpeg" format, and videos files in "mp4" format. The media objects and texts on digitalartarchive.at are published exclusively online and used in a non-commercial context. Due to its non-commercial background, digitalartarchive.at bears no costs, in particular licence fees for copyrighted media objects and texts. Texts and media objects, which are published by a Member on digitalartarchive.at, are represented in metadata according to good scientific practice: Name, upload date of the text and the URL. This enables the representation and retrieval through online search engines such as Google. The media objects uploaded by the Member are marked correspondingly with a reference to the copyright owner.
5. Verification of contents
The objects or contents stored or made available by the Service Provider are neither before nor after uploading / publishing, checked or monitored with regard to their legitimacy. There is no verification with regard to the ownership of rights or granting of rights. The Service Provider furthermore does not conduct any research in connection with possible legal violations. However, should he/she become aware of violations of rights, he/she is authorized to immediately remove or block such content.
The Service Provider is not liable for the contents of objects uploaded by the Member or linked websites or for any damage arising therefrom. The Service Provider solely stores and makes the contents available on behalf of the Member. He/She dissociates himself from all contents, in whatever form they should take. Insofar as this is not contrary to public policy, the Service Provider is not liable for damages caused by errors, delays or interruptions in the transmission of data; for problems with technical equipment and the server; for loss or deletion of data; viruses or which may otherwise arise during the usage of the online service, unless such damages are caused deliberately or through gross negligence by the Service Provider, his employees or agents. Notwithstanding this limitation of liability, the liability of the Service Provider for any consequential damage, loss of profit or pecuniary damage is expressly excluded.
The Service Provider does not guarantee the services of digitalartarchive.at. The Service Provider shall endeavour to ensure constant and proper operation of the portal. However, permanent usability and accessibility cannot be guaranteed.
9. Granting of rights
By means of successful registration, the Member agrees that digitalartarchive.at may publish and use all his uploaded media objects or texts. Insofar that this is necessary for the realization of the Member's chosen access option and for the making available of the uploaded media objects within the Member's selected licence, the Member shall grant the Service Provider a temporally unrestricted and royalty-free right of use. The right of use includes the right to global reproduction, distribution, transmission, wired and wireless making available to the public, public performance, publication or other similar usage of the transmitted content and posts. Furthermore, the Member grants the Service Provider the right to edit, in particular to carry out changes to the object, which for are (only technical reasons) necessary. The Member warrants that all of the content he/she has uploaded / published is not encumbered with third party rights, in particular intellectual property rights of third parties (for example: copyright - trademarks - patent rights). Under no circumstances should the media objects that are protected by copyrights and whose exploitation rights are not owned by the Member, be uploaded by the latter. Should nevertheless third party claims be put forward - of whatever kind - against the Service Provider, due to a violation of their rights the Member shall indemnify and hold the Service Provider completely harmless.
10. Data Protection
The Service Provider agrees to comply with the legal provisions concerning data protection, in particular the Austrian Data Protection Act. For the use of the platform, personal data of the Members are collected, stored, processed and used. By accepting these conditions of use the Member agrees to the collection, storage, processing and use of his personal data for the purposes set out here in the User Agreement. The Service Provider shall undertake to treat the data collected in strict confidence and not to transmit or to sell the latter to a third party.
Digitalartarchive.at uses Google Analytics: Google Analytics is a web tool that allows the Service Provider to analyse and optimize the online experience of Users. The Information collected by Google Analytics is anonymous. Hereby only website trends, for example download statistics, are identified. In addition to Google Analytics, "cookies" are used. Cookies contain information about previous requests of the User with regard to the respective server. These serve the purpose to provide the User with a specifically tailored offer and allow, for example, the storing of queries and facilitate the registration process. Cookies are not linked to personally identifiable information such as name or email.
Severability clause, written form, choice of law, jurisdiction
Imprint & Funding
Founder of ADA, Concept & Project Lead / PI until June 2022:
Prof. Dr. habil. Dr. hc Oliver Grau, MAE
LeFo & ImDaLi Project Lead since July 2022
Dr. phil. Viola Rühse, M.A.
Carl Philipp Hoffmann
Carla Milena Zamora Campos, M.A. (Content Editor, Coordination & Helpdesk)
Alejandro Quiñones Roa, B.A. (Content Editor & Helpdesk)
Max Resch, BSc. (Technical Architect & System Administrator)
Mag. Laura Ettel (Image Analysis)
Isabella Iskra (Content Editor)
Alexander Wöran, M.A. (Thesaurus & Taxonomy)
Michael Perl, M.A. (Data Visualisation)
The ARCHIVE OF DIGITAL ART (ADA, the former Database of Virtual Art), was founded in 1999 by Dr. Oliver Grau (initially based on his PhD thesis and later on his postdoctoral research). It is hosted by the Center for Image Science at the University of Continuing Education (former Danube University).
From 2020 until 2024, it is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research as part of the project "Lehr- und Forschungsinfrastrukturen für Digitale Künste an Hochschulen".
Former Project Staff
Dr. Christian Berndt, Wendy Coones, M.Ed., Mag. Andreas Steinhuber, Dipl. Ing. Lars Möller, Prof. Joel Baumann, Sonja Michaelis AD, Anna Fischer, Mag.a Valerie Kummer, Mag. Sebastian Haller, Michaela Seiser, M.A., Mag. Janina Hoth, Dr. Renato Rocha Souza, Rachel Müller, M.A.
Center for Image Science
University for Continuing Education Krems
3500 Krems, Austria
Thanks for Support
Roy Ascott, Tilman Baumgärtel, Horst Bredekamp, Andreas Broeckmann, Dean Bruton, Patrick- Henri Burgaud, Edmond Couchot, Florian Cramer, Gloria Custance, Dieter Daniels, Alain Depocas, Sara Diamond, Diana Domingues, Monika Fleischmann, Rudolf Frieling, Jean Gagnon, Marc Geist, Peter Gendolla, Ken Gold- berg, Ken Hamma, Kathy Rae Huffman, Erkki Huhtamo, Kornelia Imesch, Jon Ippolito, Anne- Barbara Ischinger, Christina Jacoby, Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Hubertus Kohle, Stefan Koppelkamm, Machiko Kusahara, Herbert Lachmayer, Thomas Lackner, Andreas Lange, Doyun Lee, Tim Lenoir, Henry Lowood, Roger Malina, Lev Manovich, Gunalan Nadar- ajan, Frieder Nake, Joseph Nechvatal, Christiane Paul, Xavier Perrot, Daniel Pinkas, Lioba Reddeker, Ingeborg Reichle, Itsuo Sakane, Christine Schoepf, Ernst Seidl, Eddie Shanken, Holger Simon, Christa Sommerer, Wolfgang Strauss, Christoph Tholen
Wiebke Alf, Tillmann Allmer, Lena Bader, Nadine Brueggebors, Patricia Creveaux, Hanno Dannenfeldt, Stefan Ditzen, Inga Ehrhardt, Anna Fischer, Ulrich Gollwitzer-Masch, Anja Gossens, Karsten Heller, Kerstin Hinrichs, Patrik Hutsch, Martin de la Iglesia, Stefanie Kasper, Martin Kleinmichel, Anne Meyer-Galermann, Alexander Mrotz, Ana Ofak, Pete Otis, Axelle de Poncharra, Arndt Roth, Mary Scherpe, Tanja Schlünder, Eva Maria Seela, Ümmü Gülsüm Selim, Andreas Strutz, Iris Maria Thalhammer, Constanze Tress, Elisa Ultimini, Maria Valcarce, Marion Wagner, Anna Westphal, Annette Zimmermann