NYC Theater Archives
This week we are retiring two of NYTE’s elder websites – nytheatre.com and nytheaternow.com. We’re giving them each gold watches and thanking them for years of service. We’ll miss them! But it’s time to move on from them — each has outlived its useful life, with no new content being added anymore.
Which leaves the question: What should we do with the accumulated material that’s been on our NYC theater websites over the past two decades? We’re hoping that some of you reading this might be able to help us figure this out.
Here’s what we’re talking about:
- More than 10,000 reviews of shows in the NYC area, from 1997 through 2015, including reviews of every show in every FringeNYC festival from 2002-2014.
- More than 250 hours of podcasts featuring interviews and excerpts from great indie theater works from 2005-2013.
- Interviews with dozens of theater artists.
- A lot of factual information about the theater scene in NYC that resides in the various databases that we’ve used to operate our websites.
Taken together, there’s some great stuff here. To properly archive it online, with all of the content fully searchable and properly displayed, would cost (I estimate) about $150,000 for data review and preparation and at least another $2000+ per year to operate (depending on how popular such an online archive might prove to be). (And note that, given other projects of interest to us at this time, even if we got all that money right now, I’m not sure this is a project we’d want to pursue here at NYTE.)
What are people’s thoughts about this?