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Digital Preservation Award for The Digital City Revives and NCDD

All the winners on stage. Source: Jon Tilbury

On the 1st December 2016, Digital Preservation Awards were awarded to two Dutch initiatives Sound and Vision is involved in: the project De Digitale Stad herleeft (The Digital City Revives) and the Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD) research. The international Digital Preservation Awards are an initiative of the British Digital Preservation Coalition. They are awarded every two years to people or organizations who have contributed to the security and accessibility of our global digital heritage in a significant and innovative way.

The Digital City Revives

The webarcheology project ‘The Digital City Revives’ won the Digital Preservation Award for ‘Safeguarding the Digital Legacy’, in other words the preservation of (endangered) digital heritage. With this project the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Amsterdam Museum, Waag Society and the University of Amsterdam aim to reconstruct and safeguard the first Dutch virtual community. Besides digital preservation of an important piece of internet history the team also produces a handbook with lessons learned for net archeology in general. Sound and Vision participates as a partner in the project sharing their knowledge about digital preservation and also coordinates the task to investigate possibilities to present the outcomes of The Digital City in a museum context.


The NCDD won in the category ‘Research and Innovation’, for their research on ‘Constructing a network of nationwide facilities together’ (PDF). This study argues that collaboration and facility sharing among institutions is the best way to effectively and efficiently organise the sustained access to Dutch digital collections, and outlines a scenario of how this goal may be accomplished. The model developed in this study is currently being expanded upon in the ‘Distributed facilities’ project, which is a part of the Digital Heritage Network’s Sustainable Digital Heritage work package. Sound and Vision is a proud partner in both The Digital City and the NCDD projects. NCDD is part of the Digital Heritage Network ‘Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed’ (NDE), which is a partnership that focuses on developing a system of national facilities and services for improving the visibility, usability, and sustainability of digital heritage. The network was established on the initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Webinar series of Dutch winners

In addition to the two Dutch projects mentioned, the introductory course 'Essentials 4 Data Support' of Research Data Netherlands was also selected by the jury as a finalist for the category of Education and Communication. This course is aimed at those who support researchers to store, manage, archive and share their research data. Given the interest in these three projects the NCDD will organize in January 2017 a series of three webinars (in Dutch) in which the finalists extensively talk about their project and the lessons learned. Participation is free upon registration.

The DDS project is co-financed by the Mondriaanfonds, NCDD, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie. 

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