Web archiving roundup: January 22, 2016

Here’s your web archiving roundup for January 22, 2016!

  • Guest post–Ilya Kreymer on oldweb.todayIlya Kreymer explains how oldweb.today works.
  • The Internet is for CatsIf the most important content genre on the Internet is cat videos, how did the Internet work back when there was no video?
  • Political TV ad archive preserves lies for the agesThe Internet Archive will help you call out politicians who stretch the truth.
  • BowieNet: How David Bowie’s ISP foresaw the future of the internet.
  • The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015 on The SignalIn case you missed them, here are the most popular posts from the Library of Congress’s digital preservation blog.
  • Rhizome Awarded $600,000 by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build Webrecorder, a tool to archive the dynamic web.
  • Web Archives, Performance & CaptureChristie Peterson shares her talk from Web Archives 2015.
  • ‘From Clay to the Cloud’ examines human record: Museum exhibit urges us to consider the cultural record we create through the Internet and how that record is preserved.
  • Survey: How Do You Approach Web Archiving?Do you have fifteen minutes to tell the National Digital Stewardship Alliance about your organization’s web archiving activities?


Weekly web archiving roundup: January 10, 2016

Happy new year, Roundtablers! Here is the weekly web archiving roundup for January 10, 2016!

  • Review of WS-DL’s 2015: The Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group revisit their accomplishments in 2015.
  • CNI Fall 2015 Membership Meeting Trip Report: An overview of the Coalition for Networked Information’s 2015 Fall Meeting.
  • Memento–Help Us Route URI Lookups to the Right Archives: An IIPC funded Archive Profiling project attempts to create a high level summary of the holdings of each web archive.
  • IIPC Co-Chair Cathy Hartman Retires: The IIPC bids a fond farewell to Cathy Hartman.
  • Aggregating Web Archives: Even small Web archives can make a contribution.
  • Why Not Store It All? Website bloat and the dangers of digital storage.

Weekly web archiving roundup: December 20, 2015

Here’s your weekly web archiving roundup for December 20, 2015!

  • Web Archiving–An Overview: The Metropolitan New York Library Council announces the first in a series of webinars on web archiving.
  • These Old-School Internet Browsers Are Like Real-Life Time Machines: A new tool lets you experience the glory—and embarrassment—of the internet of yore.
  • Browsing the ancient Web with an ancient browser: Nicholas Taylor shares some findings after browsing oldweb.today.
  • Questions of ethics at Web Archives 2015: Despite diverse perspectives on web archiving, ethics seemed to be a persistent subject.

Weekly web archiving roundup: December 13, 2015

Here’s the weekly web archiving roundup for December 13, 2015:

  • The Internet Archive is hosting a telethon! An actual Telethon, hosted and run by Internet Archive employees, in front of a live audience!
  • From Dataverse to Gephi: Network Analysis on our Data, A Step-by-Step WalkthroughReleasing data is only useful if we show people how they can use it.
  • Acquiring at Digital Scale–Harvesting the StoryCorps.me CollectionMeeting the challenge of acquiring tens of thousands of interviews at a time thanks to the ability to harvest them via the web.
  • The Internet Is for Humans, Not RobotsA new study finds people outnumber bots online for the first time in four years. But a closer inspection of the data reveals a more complicated picture of what’s happening on the web.
  • Evaluating the Temporal Coherence of Composite MementosOnly one in five archived web pages existed as presented.

Weekly web archiving roundup: December 5, 2015

Here is the weekly web archiving roundup for December 5, 2015:

  • Data Storage on DNA Can Keep It Safe for Centuries: Recent advances suggest there may be a new way to store the exploding amount of computer data–and for centuries, rather than decades.
  • Building an archive on the Moon (and doing science, too): In theory, an extraterrestrial data archive will pay for some unique science.
  • Recreate the old-school internet with this web browser emulator: Oldweb.today not only shows ancient websites, but lets you visit them with ancient browsers.
  • Why It’s So Important To Understand What’s In Our Web Archives: It is simply impossible to archive the “entire internet” and perfectly preserve every change to every page in existence.
  • IHR workshop on web archiving: An Introduction to Web Archiving for Historians.
  • People, communities and platforms–Digital cultural heritage and the web: Trevor Owens’s opening keynote for the National Digital Forum in New Zealand.

Weekly web archiving roundup: November 29, 2015

Here is the weekly web archiving roundup for November 29, 2015:

  • Massive, 4,000-page Infocom design and biz archive posted online: This is big news, in the realm of game design studies.
  • 2016 IIPC General Assembly & Web Archiving Conference: The IIPC is seeking proposals for presentations and workshops for the 2016 IIPC Web Archiving Conference and for the IIPC General Assembly.
  • Five Takeaways from AOIR 2015: Eyewitness report from the annual Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) conference.
  • Institutional vs. Twitter Seed Lists for Web Archives: What would a web archive created using the tweets of users look like compared to a formal collection, curated by a subject librarian? And how much of it would be in the Wayback Machine?
  • Using Warcbase with a Spark Notebook: What it is, and how to set it up.

Weekly web archiving roundup: November 22, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for November 22, 2015:

  • How much of the Internet does the Wayback Machine really archive? Surprisingly little is known about what exactly is in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
  • You get what you get and you don’t get upset: David Rosenthal’s take on the IIPC mail alias discussion of the Forbes article about the Wayback Machine.
  • The Provenance of Web Archives: The UK Web Archive considers how we should document our crawls.
  • The Irony of Writing Online About Digital Preservation: Last month, The Atlantic published a lengthy article about information that is lost on the web. That story itself is in jeopardy.
  • Workshop on Missing Warc Features: Considering a session on crawl artifacts that don’t yet fit in WARCs for #iipcGA16, and looking for co-presenters.

Weekly web archiving roundup: November 14, 2015

Weekly web archiving roundup for November 14, 2015:

  • Plan Your Digital Legacy, and Update Often: “As more wealth moves into the cloud, good luck tracking this stuff.”
  • How the Internet Archive maintains an information super highway: An interview with the director of media and access at Internet Archive, Alexis Rossi, and Vicky Brasseur, a volunteer maintaining the Internet Archive S3 API documentation.
  • New DAS Web Archiving Webinar Begins Streaming November 16: This course introduces the core concepts of web archiving and provides a firm foundation for further expansion of skill sets.
  • WAS to Archive-It Migration Update: The Web Archiving Service (WAS) migration to Internet Archive’s Archive-It Service reached two major milestones last week.
  • Thoughts from Partner staff about web archiving: An overview of a recent OCLC Research Library Partnership survey investigating the needs of the web archiving community.
  • Post Firewall–“Mining the Internet Graveyard: Rethinking the Historians’ Toolkit”: Newly open access article argues that the advent of a massive quantity of born-digital historical sources necessitates a rethinking of the historians’ toolkit.

2015 Special Election: Web Archiving Roundtable Secretary

As approved by the August by-law referendum, the Web Archiving Roundtable will be electing a Secretary to serve the remainder of the 2015-2016 term. Please see candidate statements below:

Samantha Abrams
Right now, I split my time several ways. I’m a second-year iSchool student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I work two jobs: one for the Oral History Department here on campus, processing born-digital audio files, and one at Culver’s, as the organization’s first archivist. At Culver’s, I’ve been knee-deep in all kinds of audiovisual materials: 35mm film, U-Matic tapes, DAT tapes, VHS tapes, and on. Before joining Culver’s, I was a Project Assistant at the Wisconsin Historical Society, where I served, for two years, as the assistant to the Wisconsin State Historical Records Advisory Board. On behalf of the Board I: planned and handled logistics for quarterly meetings, wrote meeting agendas, took detailed meeting minutes, and wrote many state-wide communications on behalf of the state archivist. This past summer, I was a Web archiving intern at the Library of Congress, where I was fortunate enough to explore many aspects of the practice: the legality of Web archiving and how the Library curated their collections, in particular. It’s an experience I still carry with me: I enjoy the discussions that surround archiving the Web, and I hope to begin a program at Culver’s in the near future. I’d love to be part of the Roundtable in this volunteer capacity: I think it’s important to give back to the profession that has already given so much to me, and I have ample experience when it comes to handling the logistics of an organization and its meetings.

Alexis A. Antracoli
I am currently the Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services at Princeton University’s Mudd Manuscript Library, where I lead technical services operations, including the implementation of our web archiving program. Previously I worked as Records Management Archivist at Drexel University and Project Archivist at the Bentley Historical Library. I graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Information in 2011 with a specialization in Archives and Records Management.

I am interested in serving as Secretary of the Web Archiving Roundtable as a way to use my organizational and leadership skills to contribute to the growth of this area of the archival profession. In addition to the duties of Secretary, I am particularly interested in contributing to the development of resources for practitioners of web archiving, supporting ongoing educational programming, and creating spaces for practitioners to exchange ideas and solve problems together. I have been involved with web archiving since the beginning of my professional career, and have worked at institutions with varied approaches to web archiving and differing resources for implementing and managing a program. I have also presented and published on web archiving, and am active in the Mid-Atlantic Archive-It User Group. These experiences have provided me with a strong background on the variety of ways that web archiving is implemented and managed across our profession, as well as with the range of opportunities and challenges that archivist face in capturing and preserving the Web. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to contribute to the web archiving community as Secretary of the Web Archiving Roundtable.

Rachel Trent
I currently serve as Digital Services Manager at George Washington University, and have previously been Digital Collections Manager at the State Library of North Carolina and Digital Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina. I have been collaboratively managing web archiving programs since 2012, including the North Carolina Government Web Archiving and Social Media Archiving Program. I currently
lead the web archiving program at George Washington University, and I have presented on web archiving, social media archiving, and the intersection of both with public records law.

Although I have served on several professional and institutional committees before, this would be my first involvement with an SAA sections or roundtables. I am particularly interested in web archiving policy and in the future place of social media archiving in web archiving.

Jessica Venlet
As an early career professional, I’m interested in becoming more involved in SAA. The Web Archiving Roundtable secretary position is an excellent opportunity not only to contribute to SAA, but also to become more engaged in the web archiving community. I have experience organizing and managing meetings and notes for working groups. I often gravitate to this type of role and feel that well organized and documented meetings encourage creativity and productivity! I currently work as the Library Fellow for Digital Archives at MIT Libraries. I earned a Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan. As part of the MIT Libraries Institute Archives team, I work on a wide range of projects for acquisition, processing, and preservation of digital content. Web archiving has emerged as a central part of my fellowship experience as I have taken a lead role in researching and exploring web archiving strategies for the Archives. I would love to extend my participation in the Web Archiving Roundtable by serving on the Steering Committee.