The Web3.0 for Cultural Heritage (Web3.0CH)
is a visionary digital transformation project for the cultural heritage sector. It implements the vision of ECCCH
& European Data Spaces by establishing a decentralized architecture that eliminates data silos, demonopolises platforms, and ensures data sovereignty for Cultural Heritage Institutions (CHI) and participating citizens. The core of this approach is separating data from platforms and storing it on secure servers called data PODs, that can belong to individuals, organizations, and devices.Web3.0CH
combines the IDS (International Data Spaces) architecture with personal data spaces based on the Solid project initiated by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. In this way, Web3.0CH
allows heritage professionals, researchers, and other users to enjoy freedom of choice of information systems, platforms, and applications to access their data. The “security by design” layer offers a single personal key for accessing different platforms and services and implements privacy-enhancing technologies (PET) that enable answering complex queries such as “how many van Gogh paintings are in private collections in Germany?” without exposing owners’ data.
One of the long-term effects is total Inclusivity, where every person with a personal, family, or community collection can participate in the digital heritage ecosystem in full right and capacity. Publishing documents, photographs, and stories on one platform will automatically add them to the owner's personal POD, making them accessible via any other platform. Web3.0CH
will provide multi-century preservation by ensuring that data is securely saved by design, regardless of who created it or which platform or tool was used.The Web3.0CH project is a venture of global significance, led by Europe, with the potential to impact every industry and domain. The project is being developed and promoted by the Post-Platforms Foundation, a non-for-profit initiative established in the Netherlands in 2021, in partnership with several Universities and other organizations from different domains.