Project re:DDS by Amsterdam Museum at MuseumNext 2012
MuseumNextProject: re:DDS, WebArcheology Amsterdam Museum, Tjarda de Haan International debate Museu Picasso, May, 23th 2012
Project re:DDSAmsterdam Museum:• The story of Amsterdam – your entry to the city!• Formerly known as the Amsterdam Historical Museum.Digital collections:• Web: corporate site, co-creation platform.• Social: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr.• Mobile: Collection App, MuseumApp.• Semantic & Open Data: online collection, Europeana, Apps for Amsterdam, Wikipedia.
Project re:DDSHelp! Our digital heritage is getting lost!• UNESCO wrote ‘Charter on the preservation of the digital heritage’ (2003):• “The world’s digital heritage is at risk of being lost.”• “It’s preservation is an urgent issue of worldwide concern.”Complexity of (born-)digital material:• Rapid obsolescence of the hardware and software (technology, longevity, durability, compatibility), linkrot, lost documents.• Uncertainties about resources, responsibility and methods for maintenance and preservation.• Lack of supportive legislation.
Project re:DDSWhat is De Digitale Stad - The Digital City (1994-2001)?• 1st (free) public domain virtual city in the world.• 1st Dutch virtual community.• Grounded by a fluid group: independent media, hackers and the municipality of Amsterdam.• Inspired by the Free-Nets movement in the US and Canada.• Attracted international interest for the design: metaphor of a city to structure cyberspace.• Good for the cyberreputation of the city of Amsterdam: • CNN (1997): “For hundreds of years the city of Amsterdam has been a center of commercial trade, art and education. Now it’s helping point the way in the information revolution too.” • Manuel Castells (The Internet Galaxy, 2001): “The most famous citizen computer network. (…) A new form of public sphere combining local institutions, grassroots organisations, and computer networks in the development of cultural expression and civic participation.”• Inhabitants (the users): 1994: 10.000 - 1997: 60.000 - 1998: 80.000 - 2000: 140.000.
Project re:DDSGoals of the project re:DDS (REconstruction of De Digitale Stad):• To preserve the internet-historical monument DDS.• To map the history of the DDS, internet and e-culture in Amsterdam.• To include the DDS in the collections of the heritage institutions.• And… a pilot for net-archeology: how to reconstruct, preserve and retrieve the virtual city DDS (DDS is born-digital) and make it accessible to the public, on a scientific and social level.
Project re:DDSWhat do we do?‘Information Research & Data Recovery’:Phases of the project:1. Start: • Launch of Open History Lab: re:DDS.nl.2. Digg: •The Grave Diggers Party. • Crowdsourcing in Open History Lab.3. Analyse & reconstruction: • The Rise of Zombies: crowdsourcing & co-creation. • Flight of Zombies: DDS in ‘multiple-points-in-times’?4. Delivery for collections and presentations: • Let the Bytes Free!5. Finish project: • Conclusions, evaluation, documentation, knowledge sharing.
Project re:DDSGrave Diggers Party, Friday the 13th (May 2011)1. Working space The Archeological Site re:DDS • Workstations: • Bring and upload your code. • Digg in the Wayback Machine and store excavations in Historical (e-)Depot. • Share your stories and memories in the Open History Lab re:DDS.nl. • Tools: • Computers: excavators. • Storage: buckets. • UNIX commands, mice: pades, pick-axe, trowels. • Scripts : metal detectors. • USB: find bags. • Metadata: find cards.2. Museum space Tourist Tours • /Lost+found: ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’: • Hardware: servers, terminals, modembanks, taperobots etc. • Screenshots of DDS. • Billboard’s: • What is DDS? Where are you? What is this site? Why this site?
Project re:DDS Will we succeed? • Exposition at the Amsterdam Museum: to present the story of the internet-historical monument DDS and history of the internet and e-culture in Amsterdam? • ‘DDS timemachine’ for visitors: interact with history and experience the ‘multiple-points-in- times’ of DDS: How was the internet at the beginning?‘ and ‘How did it look like in the 20th century?’ • Playground for researchers: browse between the ‘multiple-points-in-times’ of DDS, and research the evolution of the web in a 4D collection (height, width, depth and… time)? • DDS in the collections of the heritage institutions? • Share knowlegde: DIY Manual for WebArcheology: how to reconstruct, preserve and retrieve born-digital material and make it accessible to the public?DDS1.0 - Jan, 15th of 1994 DDS3.0 - June, 10th of 1995 DDS2.0 - Oct, 1st of 1994
Thanks to: Project re:DDSOur partners:• De Digitale Stad Holding BV.• The International Institute of Social History (IISH).• Karin Spaink, independent researcher.• The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands).• The Amsterdam City Archives.• The Waag Society.• Old inhabitants, (ex) DDS employees and DDS affined webarcheologists.And:• Guidelines for the Preservating of Digital Heritage (March 2003) http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001300/130071e.pdf.• IIPC: Web Archives: The Future(s), by Eric T. Meyer, Arthur Thomas, Ralph Schroeder (2011, University of Oxford) http://netpreserve.org/events/Hague/Presentations/OII-IIPC.pdf.• Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage: UNESCO http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=17721&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html .• Talk to the hand by Swamibu - http://www.flickr.com/photos/swamibu/3052879559/ .• And more: http://www.delicious.com/re_dds/.Contact: T.deHaan@amsterdammuseum.nl