A team of UvA students in Computer Science won the prestigious Digital Preservation Award for their project 'The Digital City revives, a case study in web-archeology'.
The award was given to them on 30 November 2016 during a ceremony at the Wellcome Trust in London, hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition.The awards event was the seventh issue of the biannual Digital Preservation Awards.
Set up in January 1994 The Amsterdam Digital City (De Digitale Stad (DDS)), was an early local start of the internet. A complete back-up from 1996 has been brought back to life. Students of the course History of Digital Cultures, taught by Gerard Alberts, started unearthing parts of the legacy software in 2015. In 2016 a special team of students succeeded in getting the full DDS operational.
Project partners are Amsterdam Museum, Waag Society, University of Amsterdam, the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid and the Nationale Coalitie Digitale Duurzaamheid (NCDD).
DDS revives is continued both in the next rounds of History of Digital Cultures and in a project now sponsored by Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Nationale Coalitie Digitale Duurzaamheid, Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Daily