Complexities of Digital Preservation in a Virtual Reality Environment, the Case of Virtual Bethel


  • Angela P. Murillo University of Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Lydia Spotts Indiana University - Purdue University
  • Andrea Copeland Indiana University - Purdue University
  • Ayoung Yoon Indiana University - Purdue University
  • Zebulun M Wood Indiana University - Purdue University



The complexity of preserving virtual reality environments combines the challenges of preserving singular digital objects, the relationships among those objects, and the processes involved in creating those relationships. A case study involving the preservation of the Virtual Bethel environment is presented. This case is active and ongoing. The paper provides a brief history of the Bethel AME Church of Indianapolis and its importance, then describes the unique preservation challenges of the Virtual Bethel project, and finally provides guidance and preservation recommendations for Virtual Bethel, using the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Levels of Preservation. Discussion of limitations of the guidance and recommendations follow.






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