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 Wall Street Journal
 Interactive Publishing GmbH, a Zurich, Switzerland online-media firm, assembled a collection of screenshots from more than 200 online news sources. The collection is an interesting glimpse into how online news operations and Web communities rushed to report the ever-evolving story. It also shows just how quickly the wrong information could sweep across the Web: On Slashdot, an online hangout for computer users, reports were bandied about that 50,000 had died at the World Trade Center. Traditional media outlets, though, also offered reports that turned out to be inaccurate.

 A fascinating collection of screen captures from online news sources on 11 September. The urgency and directness of’s front page on that day is still striking: there’s such pure logic in the stripped design. If you can keep your head while others, etc..

The Guardian (September 2001)
 How did online news fare on September 11? Some say it was new media's finest hour, others say it would have been if the sites had stayed up (so well done and What is not in doubt is that news websites produced some of their most memorable front pages, but you can see for yourself. Meanwhile, an online appeal to help refugees fleeing Afghanistan has begun at - this charity website is now taking donations for UNHCR, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Ockenden International and Medair.

(September 2002)

When a newspaper's front page hits the newsstands, it creates, so the saying goes, the first draft of history. But how much history can news websites contribute, when their "front pages" rarely linger more than a single day? And will the trend towards charging for access to online archives eventually destroy the historical archives of the new media industry?
It was thoughts like these which began to occur to online publishing expert Norbert Specker as he surfed news websites following the events of September 11 last year. "When I saw three different entry pages to CNN within 10 minutes on September 11, I realised: the history of the net was being built - and destroyed - within minutes," he says. Specker, the founder of the influential Zurich-based Interactive Publishing, began taking screen shots of news sites as they updated their coverage hourly. Last week, as part of the many online commemorations of September 11, he re-launched the archive, which includes images of 230 news sites from around the world.
Specker believes many of the screen shots are the only witness to what the world's news sites looked like on that day, since very few online publications keep screen grabs of their pages. The 9/11 archive is a non-profit venture which has been visited by 500,000 people in the past year, says Specker, but this historical document could ultimately become a drain on resources as more and more people visit. However, he believes it's a "responsibility that cannot be shed like a coat. So either way we have to find a way to ensure the survival of the pages, either by sponsors or co-operating with museums."

Der Spiegel
 Das Ziel: Die Zeit zum Stillstand zu bringen. Den 11. September im Internet für alle Zeit zu einem Tag zu machen, den man wieder und wieder bereisen kann.

"Das Web", heißt es auf den Seiten von Interactivepublishing, "hat kein Gedächtnis. Außer man macht es."

USA Today
 Last year's terrorist attacks were the first events to demonstrate the vast reach of the Web, and a world's ability to react online with a single outraged voice. View the Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 home pages of more than 200 news sites.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung
Die Rückkehr zur Normalität, das Verschwinden oder Verstecken der ersten betroffenen Reaktionen ist normal für ein Medium, das sich der Kommerzialisierung von Kommunikation verschrieben hat. In historischer Perspektive birgt der Vorgang Probleme: Das Internet hat kein Gedächtnis, und wenn, dann funktioniert es extrem selektiv. So blieb es zunächst bei Einzelaktionen wie der der Züricher Firma Interactive Publishing. Sie wollte dokumentieren, wie Online- und Offline-Medien auf die Anschläge reagierten.

 The other site is this collection of screen shots from over 200 news sites around the world taken on September 11 and 12. Indexed by country, publication and time, I remember looking at many of these pages. CNN had stripped down their front page to just the barest essentials due to an incredible surge in traffic. MSN, on the other hand, all that day had a story at the top of page about the attacks while keeping all it's stupid side "fluff" content about Britney Spears and Elton John. I wish I'd saved a screenshot of that to submit to the collection.

 As Interactive Publishing's Sept. 11 site states in its first sentence, "The web has no memory - unless it is created." So they've decided to do just that. This "memory" project shows you what the major (and not so major) sites around the Web said about the events that happened that fateful day.

La Repubblica
 ROMA - Una galleria della memoria, la storia del disastro raccontata dalle prime pagine dei giornali online di tutto il mondo. Questo è "september 11, una larghissima pagina web che espone un'infinita rassegna di testate di quotidiani nel giorno dell'attacco all'America.

Opera del giornalista Norbert Specker, la "serie è iniziata come un mezzo per fare qualcosa quando sembrava non si potesse fare niente". Immediatamente dopo la notizia dell'attacco Specker ha cercato in rete tutte le cronache dell'evento, ogni brandello di spiegazione, cominciando a "cliccare senza sosta attraverso l'incomprensibile e iniziando a scattare istantanee dei principali siti di informazione. Per non smettere di cercare di vedere e di afferrare quello che non poteva essere né visto né afferrato".

Il risultato è un'importante testimonianza che fotografa la reazione dei giornali online il giorno stesso e, in qualche caso, il giorno dopo. Un sito da bookmarcare, per non dimenticare (r. sta.)
(3 ottobre 2001)

 An Screenshots hat niemand gedacht hat einen anderen Ansatzpunkt. Am 11. September schlug auch unfreiwillig die große Stunde der Nachrichtendienste. User in aller Welt forderten ständige Aktualisierungen der Online-Redaktionen. Das Problem: Die Nachrichtenfülle hat die Lebensdauer der Homepages extrem verkürzt. Was gerade brandaktuell war, konnte im nächsten Moment schon wieder vom Bildschirm verschwunden sein. So ersetzten schon am Morgen des 12. September Berichte über die Verantwortlichen des Anschlages und Bilder von den Rettungsarbeiten die Fotos von den Einschlägen in den Towern des World Trade Centers.

Unter der immer stärker werdenden Nachfrage brachen Angebote zusammen, entstanden verkürzte Notangebote, Vorschaltseiten und News-Ticker. In den Online-Redaktionen rund um die Welt herrschte Hektik. An Screenshots vom eigenen Angebot hat niemand gedacht. Vieles war unwiderbringlich verloren.

So jedenfalls schien es. Doch sammelt Momentaufnahmen von Newsseiten aus aller Welt. Rund 140 Screenshots sind bisher zusammen gekommen, vom der argentinischen "El Dia" bis zur jugoslawischen "Borba": Bilder des Schreckens aus aller Welt. "Das Netz hat kein Gedächtsnis", sagen die Macher auf ihrer Seite. "Es sei denn, man schafft eins".

 In an article about various efforts to archive digital content Kendra Mayfield points to 'September 11' as one of the first attempts to record the online reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks.

 «The web has no memory - unless it is created».
For å bøte på det har denne websiden samlet skjermdump fra mer enn hundre nettaviser spredt over hele verden. Datoen 11. september er neppe tilfeldig.

 100 screen shots of news sites the day of the WTC disaster is both interesting historically and for design purposes. It's quite easy to see which ones direct you well to the story immediately.It would be interesting if someone had done the same thing for weblogs.

Crisis by Jeff Jarvis
 A collection of home pages of news sites from around the world on September 11, for history.

 Many are talking about archiving the events of 9/11. I hope that these screen shots of online news broadcasts are included.

 Savoir reconnaître le langage des médias, être capable d'en comparer les formes et de le critiquer est particulièrement important dans des moments comme ceux que nous vivons actuellement où ce sont eux qui forgent littéralement l'opinion publique.
Voilà pourquoi des ressources comme celles-ci sont particulièrement riches de possibilités pédagogiques: une collection de unes de quotidiens au lendemain des attentats de New York et Washington, et l'équivalent pour le Web. Fascinant.

 The Web has no memory, unless it is created: Screenshots of Online News Sites, September 11/12, 2001.
Aus den USA haben wir eine Ausgabe der New York Times vom 12. September mitgebracht. Alles eine Suche nach Wegen, sich der Katastrophe bewusst zu werden und sie auch in zehn Jahren noch greifbar zu machen.

Kleine Zeitung
 Eine große Herausforderung waren die sich überschlagenden Ereignisse rund um die Terroranschläge in New York und Washington für Onlinedienste. Laufend, oft sogar rund um die Uhr, wurden die Berichte auf den Homepages aktualisiert. 230 Screenshots, erinnern daran, was sich am 11. September auf Medienseiten - von "A Tarde" bis zum "ZDF", abgespielt hat.

 Screenshot archief 11 september
The web has no memory - unless it is created. Onder dat motto legde Norbert Specker van Interactive Publishing GmbH in het Zwitserse Zürich een screenshot archief aan van online nieuw sites die berichtten over de gebeurtenissen op 11 september 2001. (2.9.2002)

 Nett-entusiasten Norbert Specker har samlet hundrevis av forsider fra nettaviser etter terrorangrepene 11. september. Se samlingen her.
Nettet har ikke noe hukommelse, med mindre den blir laget, sier Norbert Specker på nettstedet Nettavisen publsierte den første saken om krasjene klokken 14.56 norsk tid.Så snart han fikk vite om terroraksjonene, bestemte han seg for å samle forsider fra nettsteder over hele verden. Resultatet ble forsidene fra mer enn 230 nettsteder 11. og 12. september, forsider som ellers forsvinner idet sidene blir oppdatert med nye saker. Norbert Specker mener samlingen ikke bare er nyttig som et historisk dokument. Måtte denne samlingen også være et ydmykt minnesmerke til de talløse uskyldige ofrene for terrorhandlingene, sier han.

BBC Online
 Resources on 11 September
BBC News Online highlights some of the best websites dedicated to 11 September 2001 and its aftermath:
- September 11: archive of screenshots of news sites
An archive of how news sites around the world reported the attacks

Press release 1st anniversary - September 2002


The web has no memory - unless it is created

New screenshot archive of online news sites from September 11, 2001

Zurich, 17 September 2002 - "September 11" is a screen shot collection
of 230 news sites from around the world captured on September 11/12,
2001. This Digital Collection, from Interactive Publishing GmbH of
Zurich/Switzerland, has been visited by over 550,000 people who looked
at more than 5.5 million pages in the last year. On the memorial date 35'000 visitors looked at 300'000 pages.

As few online publications kept copies of their pages, many of these
screenshots are the only witness to what the front page of an online
news site looked liked on September 11/12, 2001. The collection
illustrates both the differing reactions of news sites from different
countries and, more broadly, the state of the online news publishing
industry on a global scale in the fall of 2001.

The collection is searchable by country, time of screen capture or

Hundreds of publications, weblogs, university and educational sites have
linked to "September 11". The collection has been included in course
material for schools and studies of journalism. It is a unique moment in
web time captured for history.

Norbert Specker of Interactive Publishing states, "The first screen
captures happened almost automatically out of the knowledge that if I
did not do it, the pages would be lost forever. Over the course of the
following days, we found that a lot of people followed a similar impulse
and the original 130 captures were complemented by 100 contributions
from around the web. We put together the database and have been online
with the exhibition since 17 September, 2001."

The September 11 exhibition is a non-profit venture. It has been
featured in The Guardian, Spiegel, Stern, La Repubblica, Wired,
USAToday, ABC, El Mundo, Tijd, Helsingborg Dagblad and many other

About The Digital Collection

The Digital Collection creates dynamic exhibitions of web pages. The
goal is to capture internet moments along various topic lines and make
them easily searchable and accessible.

About the Digital Collection Tool

The Digital Collection Tool has been developed in the course of the last
2 years and is used for various commercial and non-commercial
documentations. It allows for the capture, indexing, annotation and
display of screen shots. An example is the exhibition "World Cup 2002" of this summer.
The tool is made available on an application service providing (ASP)

About Interactive Publishing

Since 1994 Interactive Publishing GmbH has been organizing the yearly
industry conference Interactive Publishing Europe in Zurich. The premier
industry event brings together online publishing executives from 30
countries. The next conference on January 16/17, 2003 will be its 9th
edition and will be the central event of Content Summit 03.

For more information please contact:

Norbert Specker or Bettina Tamo
+41 1 256 70 88

Interactive Publishing GmbH
Samariterstrasse 5
8032 Zürich/Switzerland

Pressemiteilung 1. Jahrestag - September 2002


Das Internet hat kein Gedächtnis ˆ ausser man schafft eines

Archiv von Onlinemedienseiten am 11. September 2001.

Zürich, 17. September 2002 ˆ Die Sammlung "September 11" besteht aus 230
Screenshots von Onlinemedienseiten aus der ganzen Welt (aus 29
Ländern) am 11./12. September 2001. Diese von Interactive Publishing
GmbH erstellte digitale Momentaufnahme wurde im letzten Jahr von 550‚000 Menschen besucht, die 5.5 Millionen Seitenabrufe tätigten. Am Erinnerungstag, dem 11. September 2002, waren es 35'000 Besucher und 300'000 Seitenabrufe.

Der 11. September war für die Entwicklung der Onlinemedien von
einschneidender Bedeutung. Die minütlich ändernde Nachrichtenlage
forderte die Redaktionen mehr als je zuvor. Die in „September 11"
vorgestellten Bilder sind oftmals die einzigen Zeugen der
Onlineberichterstattung an diesem Tag und haben ein unerwartet grosses
Echo gefunden.

„September 11" ist ein Non-Profit Projekt und ist seit dem 17. September
2001 online. Dutzende von Nachrichtenseiten von der NZZ zu La Repubblica zum
Spiegel oder The Guardian und USAToday haben im letzten Jahr darüber
Auf die Sammlung verweisen heute akademische Indexe genauso wie
Schulbücher und Kursmaterialien. Die Sammlung kann geordnete nach
Ländern, Publikationen oder Zeit der Aufnahmen besucht werden.

„Das Netz hat kein Gedächntis. Man muss also aktiv werden, um
anschaulich zu dokumentieren, was da genau passiert. Die ursprünglich
130 Screenshots konnten durch Beiträge aus allen Ecken der Welt auf
heute 230 erweitert werden" sagt Norbert Specker, der die Seite initiert
und konzipiert hat.

The Digital Collection

The Digital Collection erstellt dynamische Sammlungen von Webseiten. Das
Ziel ist, Momente der Internetgeschichte entlang verschiedener Themen-
und Zeitachsen festzuhalten und zugänglich zu machen. Im Sommer zum
Beispiel zum Thema Fussballweltmeisterschaft

The Digital Collection: Das Werkzeug

The Digital Collection Tool, also das Werkzeug zur Dokumentation von
Internetseiten, wurde in den letzten 12 Monaten weiterentwickelt und
verfeinert. Es wird heute für kommerzielle und nichtkommerzielle Studien
und Sammlungen eingesetzt und angeboten.

Interactive Publishing GmbH

Seit 1994 organisiert die Interactive Publishing GmbH die jährliche
Konferenz Interactive Publishing Europe, die jeweils die Führungskräfte
der Onlinemedien aus 30 Ländern nach Zürich führt. . Die 9. Interactive
Publishing findet im Rahmen des Content Summit 03 am 16./17. Januar 2003
in der Schweiz statt.

Für weitere Fragen kontaktieren Sie bitte:

Norbert Specker oder Bettina Tamo
+41 1 256 70 88

Interactive Publishing GmbH
Samariterstrasse 5
8032 Zürich/Switzerland

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