Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of July 8, 2015:
- “Digital Underground“, by Ann Powers. Who Will Make Sure The Internet’s Vast Musical Archive Doesn’t Disappear?
- “Twitter shut down a site that saved politicians’ deleted tweets“, by Colin Lecher. Politwoops, a project from the Sunlight Foundation, launched in 2012 with a simple mission: save the deleted tweets that politicians would rather you didn’t see. Last night, Twitter shut the project down.
- “Sunlight Foundation ‘mystified’ as to why Twitter killed Politwoops“, by Mark Sullivan. A day after news hit that Twitter cut off the feed that fueled the deleted politician tweet site Politwoops, the site’s owner, the Sunlight Foundation, said it’s confused about the real reasons for the move.
- “MoMA Is Archiving Its Exhibition Websites Before They Expire“, by Allison Meier. Soon over 200 exhibition websites for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), going back to its first web experiments in 1995, will be totally archived, from their images to their code.
- “The Web Will Either Kill Science Journals or Save Them“, by Julia Greenberg. In a study published last week, Vincent Larivière, along with his co-authors Stefanie Haustein and Philippe Mongeon, found that in the natural and medical sciences as well as the social sciences and humanities, five major publishers “account for more than 50 percent of all papers published in 2013.” Those publishers include Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, and Taylor & Francis. (The fifth differs for the two major fields—American Chemical Society for the hard sciences, Sage Publications for the more social ones.)
- “Does the rise of ephemeral content spell the death of archives?“, by Melody Kramer. As news sites negotiate with Facebook to publish material directly on the platform, Facebook’s role in determining what news to surface, what news to censor, and how original content published on the platform is archived should be examined more closely.
- “Google Photos – can it keep your digital memories safe?“, by Chloe Green. Nik Stanbridge, VP marketing for Arkivum, questions the long-term viability of cloud storage services like Google Photo for keeping important data.