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Presenting web archaeology in a museum context

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Presenting web archaeology in a museum context. The Digital City (De Digitale Stad) as use case.

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Presenting web archaeology in a museum context

  1. 1. MuseumNext, 27 June 2017, Rotterdam Lizzy Komen, Project Manager Research & Development Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision The Digital City Presenting webarcheology in a museum context
  2. 2. Help! Our digital heritage is getting lost! "The world’s digital heritage is at risk of being lost” and "It’s preservation is an urgent issue of worldwide concern”, UNESCO in ‘Charter on the preservation of the digital heritage’ (2003). "The Web was not designed to be preserved. The average life of a Web page is about 100 days“, Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive. “Humanity’s first steps into the digital world could be lost to future historians. We face a "forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century”, Vint Cerf, Google
  3. 3. Project 'The Digital City Revives!' QUESTION: HOW DO YOU RECONSTRUCT, PRESERVE AND MAKE ACCESSIBLE BORN-DIGITAL HERITAGE IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY?
  4. 4. What was The Digital City (De Digitale Stad)? 1st (free) public domain virtual city in the world, 1st Dutch online community, 1st time internet (freely) accessible to general public in the Netherlands. → Freeze: 1996
  5. 5. Why this project? Material: rapid obsolescence of technology: missing hardware and software, lost documents and link rot Method: difference between web archiving and web archaeology. Web archiving is the equivalent of taking a photographic snapshot of an object, while we first aim to recreate the digital object itself. And then: dynamic web archiving!
  6. 6. Where it all started.. 1. Start Launch of Open History Lab: re:DDS.nl 2. Digg Organise Grave Diggers Party. Crowdsourcing in Open History Lab 3. Reconstruction Analyse & Make data accessible Develop webarcheology tools Reconstruct DDS: replica & emulation 4. Delivery for collections and presentations Archiving DDS Let the bytes free: making DDS accessible 5. Finish project Conclusions, evaluation, documentation, knowledge sharing
  7. 7. The Digital City unlocked! 2 variants DDS3.0: Emulation: Original code on new machines Starting point: restoring the original software Replica: Old data into new software Starting points: restore the user experience, recreate historical objects & present it without privacy and security issues
  8. 8. Preservation scenarios 1. Bit preservation 2. Dynamic storage 3. Access 2017: DIY HANDBOOK! (NL)
  9. 9. Feasibility study for presenting The Digital City in a museum context 1. Technical 2. Artistic/abstract 3. Contextual Workshops to determine target users, design and mock-up sessions Hacking Heritage Lab (June 2017) 2019: 25th anniversary DDS
  10. 10. The collection https://hart.amsterdam/nl/page/33435/historisch-depot-re-dds https://hart.amsterdam/whois Objects Born-digital objects Stories and people!
  11. 11. The Digital City at Amsterdam Museum
  12. 12. The Digital City at Sound and Vision
  13. 13. Examples of presentation forms
  14. 14. Games - Let's Play
  15. 15. Screensavers Sleep Mode. The Art of the Screensaver, Rafaël Rozendaal, Het Nieuwe Instituut Photo: Johannes Schwartz
  16. 16. Web 64 Bits: An Exhibition of the Web’s Lost Past, London
  17. 17. The Deleted City The Deleted City, Richard Vijgen - http://deletedcity.net/
  18. 18. Presentation of DDS in museum context 4 scenario’s
  19. 19. MOBILE INSTALLATION
  20. 20. WEB DOCUMENTARY
  21. 21. INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION IN MUSEUM v.1
  22. 22. INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION IN MUSEUM v.2
  23. 23. Thank you! lkomen@beeldengeluid.nl @lizzykomen @benglabs labs.beeldengeluid.nl www.beeldengeluid.nl Re:DDS: https://hart.amsterdam.nl/re-dds #DeDigitaleStad #DDS #webarchaeology Sketches by Dick van Dijk @Waag Society With slides from Tjarda de Haan @Amsterdam Museum

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