Sunday, May 28, 2023

The Amsterdam Digital City registerd in UNESCO Memory of the World

The Digital City (DDS) was recently added by Unesco to the international Memory of the World register. This list includes cultural and historical documents and archives of global importance. The regstration of The Digital City is the first time of a digital item, i.c. an online community, in the UNESCO Memory of the World.

With the Memory of the World programme and specifically the register, Unesco aims to conserve valuable archives, library collections and individual works and protect them from neglect, decay or sometimes even deliberate destruction. Memory of the World has been in existence for 30 years, creating awareness of the importance of documentary heritage for humanity's collective memory.

At the registry, mostly relatively old items are recited. Material that meets the image that many people have of documentary heritage: parchment, handwritten pieces, silk-screened paper, weathered books with leather bindings. And at the same time, over the past three or four decades, we have made huge strides in the digital field. Not just in digitising that old material. But digital communities, games and digital art have also made their appearance.

The first design of the map of the Digital City (Amsterdam)

The Digital City - precisely also with the story behind it, with web archaeology and with an enormous effort as digital born heritage has been brought back to life - now gets this Unesco status is important. It is a recognition that relatively young and digital-born heritage is also eligible. It inspires others to look at more recent digital heritage with the same perspective'.

The map of the Digital City 

The Digital City (De Digitale Stad, DDS) was founded in Amsterdam in 1994 as one of the world's first online communities. Users could communicate via chat rooms, build virtual houses and participate in online events. It was an inspiration for later online networks. Amsterdam Museum launched a project to preserve and display DDS in 2011. Beeld & Geluid manages the audiovisual archive, while the Koninklijke Bibliotheek maintains the reconstructions and documentation.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Archive Dutch game magazine Power Unlimited on USB stick

The Dutch video game magazine Power Unlimited is digitising its 30-year archive and is offering this archive for sale to its fans. Power Unlimited is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The first edition of the magazine appeared in July 1993. Over the years, the magazine, which now appears ten times a year, has grown into the largest games magazine in the Benelux.

The archive, consisting of almost 350 issues, will not appear online, but will be delivered in a one-off action on a USB stick for 39,95 euro. The USB stick archive will be delivered in September. The supply will be limited. In September the printed jubilee edition will be available with a review of history of the magazine. The combination of the USB stick and jubilee magazine will be available at 47,50 euro.

The first Power Unlimited magazine was published in July 1993 by defunct VNU Media. From 2007 Power Unlimited was published by HUB Publishers, which went bankrupt in 2013. But the magazine was saved by Reshift Digital.

Power Unlimited has not limited itself to print. It has organised game competitions such as Unlimited Game Awards, published DVDs, presented television programs on TMF-Netherlands and MTV and has its own YouTube channel Power Unlimited