Management of meanings
collecting & archiving
the digitalcraft collection

digitalcraft - concepts of long-term storage and conservation of data

Whereas the 'objects' of the digitalcraft collection are currently being stored as a collection of annotated links, plans for a second step are underway. The hybrid structure of linked objects, which is always dependent on the historically varying technologies at our disposal, is to be transformed into a permanent collection of selected digital artefacts.

The challenge is the long-term storage and conservation of data. For the moment a selection of artefacts has to be made that in the future will be saved on digitalcraft's servers and hence kept permanently. In this process the current link collection will provide a pool of pre-selected objects.

The transfer of the selected data - the digital 'artefact' - onto our server demands that we contact the object's owner, for whom we can now promise the survival and also the conservation of their object. digitalcraft has already contacted various web designers and game producers to confirm their interest in the project. Apart from the records, which can be transferred to our server via non copy-protected CD's, to ensure an adequate archiving we need at least the following formal content: a written account of the structure plan, sitemap, narration structure and concept for the digital object.

digitalcraft's third main focus is on the collection of complex web phenomena such as online communities. In co-operation with its founders we have set ourselves the challenge to include the "Internationale Stadt Berlin" in our collection, in a way that respects the dynamic principles of this web phenomenon. To achieve this the entire data of the former IS-Berlin server will be transferred, the consent of all former members obtained, and the documents eventually archived. The process whereby the collection is conserved will also be documented as a model for other museums. For reasons of copyright, this project will be exhibited exclusively in the Museum of Applied Arts Frankfurt, and will not be accessible on the web.