IIPC WAC 2023 Public Event: Building Digital Heritage Together: Dutch and Transnational Perspectives

This public event, hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV) and co-organised by KB – National Library of the Netherlands and IIPC, will feature presentations on the Netherlands UNESCO projects as well as an introduction to collaborative, transnational web archiving. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Tamara van Zwol, Dutch Digital Heritage Network.


Kees Teszelszky, KB: XS4ALL homepages collection

Kees Teszelszky is a curator for digital collections at KB, National Library of the Netherlands. He played an important role in saving Dutch digital content from the early day of the internet. XS4ALL was one of the first internet providers in the Netherlands. When the provider announced to pull the plug in 2019, KB started a web collection for XS4ALL homepages. Thousand of homepages that were made between 1994 and 2001, are archived and show a unique insight in the early period of Dutch online culture. Kees will show some treasures of this collections and tells us more about the UNESCO World Heritage status that this collection received in 2022.

Tjarda de Haan, Bits and Bytes United: The Digital City

De Digitale Stad (The Digital City) was the first online community in the Netherlands and was launched on 15 January 1994. Elements from a physical city were used on this online platform, what could be described as an early form of social media. Online people could visit the city hall, a post office, a library, and the central station. People were able to ‘meet’ each other online and have discussions. DDS was taken offline in 2001. However, concerted efforts by the DDS community and heritage professionals, have brought this unique example of born-digital heritage back to life. The “web archaeology” methods used to revive DDS are recognised in the preservation community as a pioneering example of safeguarding born-digital heritage. Unique excavations (physical objects, audiovisual documentation, web archive) are now preserved by multiple Dutch cultural heritage institutions. They allow future generations to experience and research the early, experimental, days of the Internet. Tjarda de Haan was involved with this process when she was working as curator e-culture and as web archaeologist at the Amsterdam Museum. She (co)wrote and edited a manual for web archaeology, that focuses on the reconstruction and long-term preservation of The Digital City. During this event, Tjarda will talk more about The Digital City, its impact and highlight the collection from a museum perspective.

Marieke Brugman, UNESCO

KBs XS4ALL web collection was listed as UNESCO Memory of the World Heritage for the Dutch list. The Digital City is momentarily under review for the worldwide Unesco Memory of the World list. Marieke Brugman is part of the Dutch Unesco commission and will tell more about the UNESCO process of reviewing proposals and the importance of digital heritage

Youssef Eldakar, Bibliotheca Alexandrina: 20 years of collaborative web archiving

Youssef Eldakar is this year’s chair of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC). He will tell more about the work and mission of this international organization and the importance of web archiving.

More info about IIPC WAC 2023 can be found here: https://netpreserve.org/ga2023


This event will be followed by a welcome reception and networking event in the Sound & Vision Atrium. 

The event is finished.


10 May 2023


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 10 May 2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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