For our web archaeology project The Digital City Revives , we are looking for answers to a complex set of questions. Over the years, we have gathered a considerable amount of heterogeneous files related to the original websites. Our next question is what would be a logical way to keep this material together and manageable.
In order to better understand the necessary approach we are looking for concrete examples and use cases. We’re looking for descriptions of the ways archives or museums have ingested heterogeneous digital collections. In hopes of finding an answer to questions such as:
- to what extent do the provenance and original order of the materials in the state we found them in, matter?
- what descriptions are out there of organisations that have ingested this type of heterogeneougs (dare we say, messy) collections?
- to what extent do these organisations describe the various contents and at what (unit) level do they do it?
- how do these organizations inventorise the dependencies for this variety of materials?
If you’d be able to point us to some concrete examples (or, potentially, references) from the top of your head, we’d already be grateful. With warm regards and many thanks in advance for your help!
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision