Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of June 24, 2015:
- “Uh, you probably don’t want to tweet to @POTUS, actually“, by Caitlin Dewey. After Barack Obama belatedly joined Twitter last month— in his official, presidential capacity — dozens of Twitter denizens began tweeting him sex jokes, threats and other unprintable inanities.
- “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.
- “This start-up is helping the government keep track of social media“, by Amrita Jayakumar. Anil Chawla, a former IBM engineer, founded ArchiveSocial in 2011 to design an efficient way to store and search social media content.
- “Dodge that Memory Hole: Saving Digital News“, by Abbey Potter. Newspapers are some of the most-used collections at libraries. Networked digital technologies have changed how we communicate with each other and have rapidly changed how information is disseminated. These changes have had a drastic effect in the news industry, disrupting delivery mechanisms, upending business models and dispersing resources across the world wide web.
- “The Archive Is Closed“, by Scott McLemee. Update on the Twitter archive at the Library of Congress.
- “Data is immortal, but not immune to decay“, by Martin Doyle. Data exists in a dangerous state of near-non existence. Few businesses would risk not having backups in place. With cloud computing becoming commonplace in enterprise, we’ve come to accept that our data will be replicated and stored in duplicate.
- “The UK Web Archive, Born Digital Sources and Rethinking the Future of Research“, by Tim Hitchcock. Blog post derived from a short talk Hitchcock gave at the British Library in May 2015 focused on using the UK Web Archive. Written with PhD students in mind, it forms a meditation on the opportunities created when we are working with web sites rather than print.
- “Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group“, by IIPC Preservation Working Group – DLib Mag. DLib Magazine article on the goals and activities of the IIPC Preservation Working Group (PWG), including as a survey about the current state of preservation in member web archives and a number of collaborative projects which the Preservation Working Group is developing. These resources are designed to help address the preservation and long-term access to the web by sharing ideas and experiences, and by building up databases of information for support of preservation strategies and actions.