The R-CADE makes digital technology available to scholars for research and creative activities.
Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts in the R-CADE as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance. While the R-CADE does not preserve in the sense of keeping objects in their “original” condition, the archive is in fact an exercise in the preservation of digital culture. By allowing for the study and exploration of digital ephemera, the R-CADE aims to ensure these digital artifacts a place in our histories and our various scholarly conversations. Each year the DSC hosts a symposium during which scholars share research and creative work. The DSC invites a scholar or artist to curate the symposium. The curator both determines the shape of the R-CADE program and also delivers a keynote address. Scholars and artists work over the course of many months by researching and/or repurposing an object of study, and they share this work during the symposium.