The Archive of Digital Art (ADA, founded by Prof. Dr. Oliver Grau in 1999) has undergone a comprehensive update at the University for Continuing Education Krems, with the support of research fundings in Austria.

Two research teams located at the Center for Image Science  intensively and thoroughly worked on a structural and visual revamp, and further development of the archive and its already existing features. With great acknowledgement of the international standing and the special collaborative approach of the Archive of Digital Art, it has now become even more a PLATFORM FOR EXPLORATIVE RESEARCH IN MEDIA ART.

Now online the updated website has expanded features and provides ARTISTS, SCHOLARS, CURATORS AND INSTITUTIONS with an inspiring environment for ART-BASED RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, NETWORKING, EXPLORATION AND INSPIRATION.


First and foremost, ADA welcomes visitors and users with a more contemporary and usable design, which invites to spend time browsing, researching and reading.


The ADA.MAGAZINE is the editorial for research in media art archiving and the new home for the ADA Artist & Scholar Features.


Diverse Data Visualizations reveal interesting information on ADA metadata such as keyword profiles or the worldwide dissemination of recorded art-related institutions.


The uniquely developed and re-evaluated keyword thesaurus is the backbone of ADA. The keywords also inspire further research questions. Besides the main infrastrucural developments and further enhanced features, ADA additionally presents new, interlinked research tools that allow curious researchers and expert users to explore the database records of ADA in different ways.


is a new immersive tool for viewing image collections in a 3D space. The tool is connected to the ADA database and allows to playfully recombine and arrange image content to find new connections in artistic and scientific contexts.


is the second developed tool and enables image annotation and comparison of image-based resources not only from the ADA database, but also from other online repositories supporting IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) APIs. The viewer is based on Mirador from the IIIF and is enhanced by a number of in-app functions that meet the needs of media art research. The best is: Mnemosyne is interlinked with Serendipity, you can explore your playfully compiled data in greater depth and concentration!

The comprehensive update of the Archive of Digital Art was developed as part of the research projects Lehr- und Forschungsinfrastruktur für Digitale Künste an Hochschulen (LeFo) and Tool Development for Image Data Literacy: Understanding Digital Art with complex data analysis (ImDaLi), located at the Center for Image Science, Department for Arts and Cultural Studies, University for Continuing Education Krems.

LeFo is supported by funds of the Federal Ministry Austria for Education, Science and Research.
ImDaLi is supported by funds of FTI-Strategie and the EFRE program, Lower Austria.


For further questions or feedback please contact: digital.editor@donau-uni.ac.at

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