Weekly web archiving roundup: October 30, 2014

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of October 30, 2014:

  • Explore the oldest U.S. website“, from Nicholas Taylor. The website amounts to but five pages of the thousands of historical SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory web pages and related assets from 1991-1999 that we are making accessible.
  • IIPC General Assembly 2015 Call for Papers“, from IIPC.  The International Internet Preservation Consortium is seeking proposals for presentations and workshops at the next conference and general assembly to be held at Stanford University in California, USA on the 27 and 28 April 2015. The theme is “Innovation, connection and co-operation in web data”.
  • The Many Uses of Rhizome’s New Social Media Preservation Tool“, from Benjamin Sutton.  How do you capture and preserve the experience of a new media artwork created on Twitter in 2010? How do you re-create the design and feel of Twitter’s interface at that time, and populate that interface with users’ contemporaneous profile photos? These are the types of questions that New York’s digital art nonprofit Rhizome is trying to answer in the development of Colloq, a new conservation tool that will help artists preserve social media projects not only by archiving them, but by replicating the exact look and layout of the sites used, and the interactions with other users.
  • The True Cost of YouTube’s Library of Everything“, by Michael Sugarman.  As a business, YouTube is perhaps the grand archive of the information age, but for as long as we continue to ignore its status as a black market, or more appropriately, a free market system quickly growing out of hand, we ignore the fact that Google desires to exploit its lack of accountability to a much greater extent than hoarding all of the world’s music and film.
  • The race to archive Twitpic before 800 million pictures vanish“, by Pierre Chauvin. Right now, a collective of Internet archivists and programmers is trying to do the impossible: save more than 800 million pictures uploaded to the Twitter photo-sharing service Twitpic before they disappear down the memory hole after the company’s scheduled shutdown on October 25.

Weekly web archiving roundup: October 23, 2014

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of October 23, 2014:

  • What is Still on the Web after 10-Years of Archiving?“, from Andy Jackson, UK Web Archive Blog. The UK Web Archive started archiving web content towards the end of 2004. They took a look back at the (almost) ten years that have passed since then to see how much they’ve achieved… Are the URLs archived still available on the live web? Or are they long since gone? If those URLs are still working, is the content the same as it was?
  • The Internet Archive’s Map of Book Subjects“, from Mario Klingemann.  This map offers an alternative way to browse the 2,619,833 images contained in the Internet Archive’s book collection. It shows 5500 different subjects which have been algorithmically arranged by their thematic relationships.

Weekly web archiving roundup: October 16, 2014

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of October 16, 2014:

  • Event: “WEB ARCHIVING: EXPERIENCES, PERSPECTIVES, AND POSSIBILITIES”“, from the Metropolitan New York Library Council. This panel discussion brings together a variety of professionals involved with various web archiving projects at their institutions. They will discuss the importance and role of web archiving in the larger library and information science arena, how their work interacts with other traditional library departments, and how web archiving occurs.
  • Video: The Future of Web Archiving”, from Gary Price.  The following video was recorded at NDIIPP’s Digital Preservation 2014 held at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and made available online recently. We’ve also includes a link to a slide deck as well as a text transcript.
  • Newly launched blogs of the New York and Boston cohorts of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program” (http://ndsr.nycdigital.org/ and http://ndsrboston2014.wordpress.com/).  The National Digital Stewardship Residency is working to develop the
    next generation of digital stewardship professionals that will be responsible for acquiring, managing, preserving, and making accessible our nation’s digital assets. Residents serve 9-month, paid residencies in host institutions working on digital stewardship initiatives. Host institutions receive the dedicated contribution of a recent graduate that has received advanced training in digital stewardship.

Weekly web archiving roundup: October 8, 2014

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of October 8, 2014:

  • Guidance on building archivable websites“, from Nicholas Taylor. A major challenge for web archivists is the low visibility that downstream archiving has on upstream web content creation. And, yet, deliberate and inadvertent architectural decisions made by web content creators strongly impact the ease or difficulty with which their websites can be captured and faithfully re-presented.
  • ““Ce projet un peu feu”: Web Archiving Art Resources with NYARC”, by Walter Schlect.  Internship report from grant-funded partnership between the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) and Pratt Institute called M-LEAD TWO.
  • Integrating the Live and Archived Web Viewing Experience with Mink“, by Matt Kelly.  The Chrome extension Mink (short for Minkowski Space) queries all the public web archives (via the Memento aggregator) in the background and will display the number of mementos (that is, the number of captures of the web page) available at the bottom right of the page.

Weekly web archiving roundup: October 1, 2014

Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of October 1, 2014:

  • Creepypastas, Memes, Lolspeak & Boards: The Scope of a Digital Culture Web Archive“, by Trevor Owens.  An update on the development and curation of the American Folklife Center’s digital culture web archive. AFC’s culture web archive aims to capture “a set of sites that best document elements of the various digital vernaculars which have emerged through networked and computer-mediated communication.” Post includes description of scope and some of the sites crawled as well as a call out for site nominations.