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Institute for flexible cultures and technologies

Mapping of digital cultural heritage

With financial support from The Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications,  Institute of flexible culture and technologies – Napon started with research work in the field of digital cultural heritage. Project Mapping of digital cultural heritage- digital art at the turn of 20th and 21st century, will be mapping and archiving digital practices in Serbia and the region.


The issue of digitization of cultural heritage primarily represents archive, categorization and preservation of cultural practices and artifacts in standardized formats. Digital cultural practices, an area that represents the identity and continuity of today’s technological society and in mass form dates from the beginning of the nineties and the widespread use of the Internet, usually gets overlooked as a cultural heritage that is not necessary to archive, because it is in digital format. As technology is constantly rapidly evolving, formats are changing, developing and geting out dated, along with them many digital cultural practices. Immaterial cultural heritage a living cultural heritage, in best way describes the digital cultural practice that acts as a living process. Ephemerale, variable, and faced with the rapid technological development, it requires a rapid response directed towards its conservation and preservation.


In Europe there are many initiatives trying to solve this problem, while in Serbia there are not so much. Digital cultural practices from recent history is rapidly becoming inaccessible, which affects researchers, cultural institutions, cultural workers, art historians, as well as the general public, and the generation born during and after the nineties.


Using this as our starting point we want to explore these issues through organization of conferences, cooperation between cultural actors and creation a digital archive that will encompass material from the late 20th century to the present. That will offer models for solving problems of digital loss, disappearance of digital material, as well as to publicly point out the importance of the digital heritage.