MuseumNext, 27 June 2017, Rotterdam
Lizzy Komen, Project Manager Research & Development
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
The Digital City
in a museum context
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
Project 'The Digital City Revives!'
QUESTION: HOW DO YOU RECONSTRUCT, PRESERVE AND MAKE ACCESSIBLE BORN-DIGITAL
HERITAGE IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY?
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
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!
Where it all started..
Launch of Open History Lab: re:DDS.nl
Organise Grave Diggers Party.
Crowdsourcing in Open History Lab
Analyse & Make data accessible
Develop webarcheology tools
Reconstruct DDS: replica & emulation
4. Delivery for collections and presentations
Let the bytes free: making DDS accessible
5. Finish project
Conclusions, evaluation, documentation, knowledge sharing
The Digital City unlocked!
2 variants DDS3.0:
Original code on new machines
Starting point: restoring the original software
Old data into new software
Starting points: restore the user experience,
recreate historical objects & present it without
privacy and security issues
Feasibility study for presenting The Digital City in
a museum context
Workshops to determine target users,
design and mock-up sessions
Hacking Heritage Lab (June 2017)
2019: 25th anniversary DDS
Stories and people!
#DeDigitaleStad #DDS #webarchaeology
Sketches by Dick van Dijk @Waag Society
With slides from Tjarda de Haan @Amsterdam Museum