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.

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