Online platform for the global new media art community supporting the creation, presentation and discussion of contemporary art that uses new technologies.
Founded in 1996 as an intimate email list subscribed to by some of the first artists to work online, Rhizome has played an integral role in the history, definition and growth of art engaged with the Internet and networked technologies. Currently Rhizome is focused on placing preservation tools directly into the hands of the students & researchers. The first of this effort is oldweb.todayscholar, which offers unlimited access to archived websites in earlier, contemporaneous software environments. Oldweb.today is a specialized, lightweight browser-emulation framework which connects web archives operating via the Memento standard—like the Rhizome ArtBase, but also the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine—to retro browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mosaic, and Netscape. This tool is should be useful to students and researchers interested in the study of legacy digital culture.