Variable Media Questionnaire


A Forging the Future project.

The Variable Media Questionnaire is designed to help a work's creators and users write guidelines for translating their works into new media once the original medium has expired. This Questionnaire is unlike any protocol hitherto proposed for cataloguing or preserving works. It requires creators to define their work according to functional components like "media display" or "source code" rather than in medium-dependent terms like "film projector" or "Java."

The Questionnaire is not sociological survey, but an instrument for documenting the opinions of creators and others associated with a work as to how that work should be seen and (if at all) re-created in the future.