Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of May 28, 2015:
- “A New Interface and New Web Archive Content at Loc.gov“, by Abbie Grotke. Recently the Library of Congress launched a significant amount of new Web Archive content on the Library’s Web site, as a part of a continued effort to integrate the Library’s Web Archives into the rest of the loc.gov web presence.
- “The K-12 Web Archiving Program: Preserving the Web from a Youthful Point of View“, by Butch Lazorchak and Cheryl Lederle. If you believe the Web (and who doesn’t believe everything they read on the Web?), it boastfully celebrated its 25th birthday last year. Twenty-five years is long enough for the first “children of the Web” to be fully-grown adults, just now coming of age to recognize that the Web that grew up around them has irrevocably changed.
- “The race to preserve disappearing data“, by Bina Venkataraman. Vint Cerf, a founding father of the Internet, warned at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that our era is in danger of becoming a “digital dark age,” from which we’ll leave our progeny too little information to grasp their history. But who is responsible for bearing the cost of preserving digital artifacts and knowledge for the future? And how do we determine what’s worth saving?
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of May 21, 2015:
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 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.