As directors of archives with extensive historical roots in the history of the ELO, both these individuals contribute formidably to the 'collective memory' of electronic literature. Preservation and re-construction of reader experience are problematic issues; preserving e-lit involves preserving the context and networks of discourse that envelop e-literature in an 'ecology'. Optimal success involves creating the conditions for project 'interoperability': linking conversations and structures that ensure continuity.
Neither Rettberg nor Tabbi, anticipated when they started that they would become become archivists, yet they now keep e-lit data from getting wet and/or disappearing.
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