Anne Nigten on 24 Nov 2000 15:32:11 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] DataCloud by ArchiNed and V2_Lab winner National MillenniumCompetition

- DataCloud by ArchiNed and V2_Lab winner Dutch National Millennium Competition -

The Datacloud version 2.0 has won the Dutch National Millennium Competition in the class ‘Science’ for Architecture and Industrial Design. Receiving an amount of 100 000, - guilders, the prize will assist in/boost the future development of the ‘knowledge map/browser Datacloud’. The datacloud is a follow-up of the ‘1.0: Data Cloud Hoeksche Waard’ project, developed by ArchiNed and V2_Lab in 1998/99. It was devised within the scope of the project AIR - Architecture International Rotterdam, Southbound.
Piet Vollaard (ArchiNed) received the prize on November 23rd 2000 with attendance of the Minister of Education, Culture and Science L.M.L.H.A. Hermans and the Minister for Economic Affairs, A. .Jorritsma-Lebbink at the parliamentary buildings of The Hague.
The Datacloud Version 2.0 is an Internet environment that functions as an experimental ‘knowledgemap’: the latter provides an understanding and visualisation of dynamical processes in information. Integrated into a fuzzy search engine, visitors of the Datacloud may add information to the site - photos, texts, audio-and video-fragments. In so doing, the datacloud becomes an interactive platform on which visitors may discuss the theme around which the growing collection of information hybridises. All objects of information are interconnected and accumulate as visitors may react and add their personal view and experience to the growing cloud of of interpretations and knowledgeable data.
National Millennium Competition
The assignment for the National Millennium Competition was: “Devise an innovative project in which the cohesion between culture, entrepreneurship and science surfaces, developing content which concerns the Netherlands in the new millennium. 
Datacloud 2.0 was one of the eight winners of the National Millennium Competition.    
Datawolk Hoeksche Waard (DWHW) was completely on-line between autumn 1998 and summer 1999, supported by a fast server. The pilotproject can still be visited on

The working team of Datacloud 1.0: Datacloud Hoeksche Waard:
Piet Vollaard (conceptual, contextual realisation), ArchiNed
Marc Neelen (contextual realisation), arachnid
Anne Nigten (conceptual, technical realisation), V2_Lab
Jan-Wijbrand Kolman (interaction design), V2_Lab
Rob Bank (programmer)
Fred Inklaar (graphic design)
Assistance Datacloud Hoeksche Waard in the scope of AIR
Lara van Druten, AIR and the region of South-Holland
Mark van de Velde, AIR
For more information and other winners of the National Millemnium Competition:
Stichting Nederland Cultuur & Innovatie 2000