Weekly web archiving roundup: May 21, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of May 21, 2015:

Web Archiving Roundtable professional development

May 21, 2-3pm (EDT)/11am-noon (PDT), two co-authors,  Alexis Antracoli, Records Management Archivist at Drexel University and Kristen Yarmey, Associate Professor and  Digital Services Librarian at the University of Scranton will share their experiences and engage in discussion about their web archiving projects.  The work they will be talking about is covered in “Capture All the URLs: First Steps in Web Archiving” (http://palrap.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/palrap/article/view/67).

Kristen will discuss her and her colleagues’ first steps in web archiving at  the University of Scranton, including making the case to campus stakeholders, finding funding, choosing Archive-It as well as selecting content and seeds to capture. Alexis will talk about establishing policies and implementing QA procedures.  Both Alexis and Kristen will provide insights on stumbling blocks, lessons learned, and future plans.  Plenty of time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

The link to access the webinar (via Blackboard Collaborate) is: https://learn.dcollege.net/webapps/bb-collaborate-BBLEARN/launchSession/guest?uid=9822dd73-36fe-433f-9451-ae654c703387.  It might be necessary to install some software before getting full access to the webinar but once the required steps are taken, one will see  a phone number and access code that will allow access to the audio portion of the session.

May 22, noon-1pm (EDT)/9-10am (PDT), Martin Klein, Programmer/Analyst at UCLA Research Library, will present on an article he co-authored, “Scholarly Context Not Found: One in Five Articles Suffers from Reference Rot” (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0115253).  This presentation was originally scheduled for May 15 but Google Hangout failed us that day so we are trying a new platform (Adobe Connect).  The link to access the webinar is: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/e-economy

The goal for this presentation is to share the insights in this article with archivists with an interest in web archiving but who might not feel like they have enough technical background to follow some of the finer points of the paper.  We are looking forward to having the information in this paper shared widely including with people who might not get a chance to read the whole paper.  Martin’s talk will be 35-45 minutes followed by 15-20 minutes for questions.

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Weekly web archiving roundup: May 13, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of May 13 2015:

  • The trouble with reference rot“, by Jeffrey M. Perkel. Nature article on link/reference rot in scholarly publications and how the Memento team is attempting to provide a solution by allowing users access to all of the saved versions of a given web page.
  • Tweets and Deletes“. Archives are full of silences. Archivists try to surface these silences by making appraisal decisions about what to collect and what not to collect.

Weekly web archiving roundup: April 29, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of April 29, 2015:


Weekly web archiving roundup: April 23, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of April 23, 2015:

  • One Size Does Not Always Fit All“, by Michael Neubert. Discussion of the web archiving projects of the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, as well as the inherent challenges for the workflows of a small staff.

Weekly web archiving roundup: April 15, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of April 15, 2015:

  • Archiving Nigerian History Of Film, Socio-Cultural Values Through Digital“, from Oludare Richards.  Professionals and stakeholders within the Nigerian film industry gathered recently at the Silverbird Galleria, Lagos for a pre-launch event tagged “Digitizing the History of Film in Nigeria project – with the theme “Making the Link: Technology and Values in Film making.

Weekly web archiving roundup: April 8, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of April 8, 2015:

  • No wonder NM lawmakers frown on keeping webcasts“. “Archived webcasts of [Albuquerque] Senate floor and Senate Rules Committee action during the 2014 legislative session show a deception unfolding that led to the Legislature’s approval of a questionable sale of a building in a historic district near the Capitol.”
  • Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ seeks to retrieve memories“, from Caitlin Dewey.  Facebook is the latest to get into the nostalgia game with a feature called “On This Day,” which will surface past status updates, photos and posts you’ve been tagged in to a designated page.
  • Indiana’s governor seems to have a long history of opposing gay rights“, from Colin Campbell.  A BuzzFeed reporter noted on Tuesday that a web capture in the Wayback Machine shows Pence, a former congressman, opposing efforts to protect gays from discrimination and supporting “assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour” in 2000.

Weekly web archiving roundup: April 2, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of April 2, 2015:

  • Why are we trying to create Ready Player One’s terrifying, nostalgia-fueled dystopia?“, by Adi Robertson.  In Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel Ready Player One, the narrator enters the virtual reality world of OASIS to visit a hollow planet filled with thousands of simulated arcades. “Archaide” contains a copy of every coin-operated game ever made, all on perfect simulations of the original cabinet. That’s not the kind of thing we’ll see any time soon, but if you go online right this minute, you can play thousands of classic arcade, Atari, and MS-DOS games, emulated in a web browser and hosted by the Internet Archive.

Weekly web archiving roundup: March 25, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of March 25, 2015:

  • That Time Ted Cruz Waded Into a Big Conspiracy Theory“, by Matt Berman.  A (partisan, but still interesting) look at TedCruz.org, the 2012 campaign site for the Senate candidate in Texas. It’s mostly gone now, and has been for years. But online archives, complete with Cruz’s old blog posts, still exist. Much of what’s there is mundane. But some of it wades into the conspiratorial.

Weekly web archiving roundup: March 18, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of March 18, 2015:

  • Memento Hackathon, from Librecat.  Overview of the two day Hackathon event at Ghent University Library where technologists from all over Europe gathered to explore time travel using the Memento protocol presented by Herbert Van de Sompel and Harihar Shankar from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Slides are available.