(University of Vienna / Creative Commons Austria)

Abstract: This talk gives an overview of the possibilities and challenges of preserving digital artefacts of the citizens in Vienna. Through local examples, the tools of the digital archaeologist are discussed in the context of the missing link between analog and digital heritage – and the public and private efforts to close this gap. The interconnection of the material and electronic sphere through reasonably cheap 3d scanning and printing, new international (free) archives, open source forensic software and a variety of other tools in this context offer a chance for researchers, institutions and the interested public alike.
Starting with a discussion of relevant projects for preserving “physical” and electronic Vienna in the digital sphere, like CyArk (3d-scans of cultural heritage sites) or Open-Source archives and forensics for preserving individual digital artefacts, like webpages, annimations or digital art, this talk provides functioning examples of digital preservation strategies, which can be duplicated to fit this city’s unique needs. As a seperate point, a short overview of financial models will show, that these initially cost intensive measures can be profitable, too, without jeopardizing free citizen-access and the regional OGD-strategies (Linz, Graz and Vienna publish their ogd-data under a CCbySA-licence, which has been chosen after deliberations with Creative Commons Austria).
This talk can also be held as a workshop. The speaker uses his experiences in the field of retro-digitalisation (, copyright (Creative Commons Austria) and in the field of digital educational ressources (Winner of the Medida Prix 2006) to show – using local examples – how digital sources can be preserved and made accessible to citizens and scientists over the net. Relevant information, videos and examples will also be available in digital form.

Keywords: Digital Preservation, Digitalisation, Electronic Archiving