Wanted: online Belgian heritage
In order to document our online national heritage for future generations, KBR endeavours to collect and preserve as many Belgian social media accounts as possible. This is a huge task, so we ask for your help.
Share your suggestions
Submit social media handles and hashtags that should be preserved:
Why save social media?
Social media are very much part of our daily lives, but this online heritage isn’t currently being preserved. Since KBR preserves all Belgian publications, we want to document (part of) this online heritage as well.
The BESOCIAL project is therefore developing a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media.
Help us decide what’s worth saving
Of course, archiving all social media is not feasible. That’s why we want to ask you which accounts and hashtags you think should be preserved.
We focus on social media accounts and hashtags that are related to cultural heritage in Belgium.
For legal reasons we can only archive content from Twitter and Instagram.
What are the selection criteria?
The content of the social media indicated by hashtags and social media handles must be relevant to Belgian society. In addition to this fixed frame, additional selection criteria are defined based on content specific to cultural heritage, related to specific themes of KBR’s missions and collections.
- Content in all languages may be included, not only in the three official languages in Belgium
- Content that is linked to the cultural heritage of Belgium:
“Cultural heritage is a collective term for everything made by previous generations that still exists today and has great value for the Belgian community. The BESOCIAL definition of this heritage is broad and covers movable, immovable and intangible heritage.
The following themes can also be part of it: hot topics in Belgium, sporting events, festivals, commemorations, literature, minorities, holidays, geographic regions, museums, art events, food, monuments, strikes, media, …”
- No private accounts (non-public accounts of private persons)
- No private messages (no Direct Messages, …)
- Hashtags: #RosBeiaard, #Atomium, #Pajottenland …
- Accounts: @Flanderstoday, @RockWerchter, @PP_Rubens
If you have any questions, comments and/or suggestions, please contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens next?
The final submissions suggested by the public will be made available on the KBR website. A social media dashboard of cultural heritage will be made available in Spring 2022.
If you have any questions, comments and/or suggestions, please contact us via email@example.com.