Web Archiving Roundup: May 2020

Thank you to everyone who sent me their COVID-19 web archiving projects. You can view the list in our last blog post. I am still collecting submissions, so feel free to shoot me an email at nmg266 at nyu dot edu.

On to the roundup:

From the IIPC blog, the folks at Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ)  share an update on their tool for scalable web archive visualization: LinkGate.

Archives Unleashed released their Spring newsletter! The newsletter features information about the Archives Unleashed Toolkit,  Cloud, and Notebooks; a summary of the remote New York datathon; web archiving articles and resources for use during COVID-19 pandemic; and other presentations from the team.

Archive-it and NYARC share the national forum report on Advancing Art Libraries and Curated Web Archives including the recording of 2020 ARLIS/NA Web Archiving SIG Meeting.

Archive-it has also wrote a number of blog posts and updates, given the uptick in web archiving due to the pandemic. These updates give information on special pricing and cost sharing, resources, community news on COVID-19 web archiving projects, as well as introductory programming for people new to web archiving.

The British Library releases its Brexit collection, as well as describes their work on COVID-19 collecting and how to use the collections while the reading room is closed.

There are a number of new articles on using web archives as primary resources, including Helena Byrne on using web archives to review football history, Will Mari on the racial, gendered, and class-based origins of the early internet, and Michael Stevenson & Anne Helmond on legacy systems.

The Digital Preservation Coalition has a number of posts related to web archiving and the coronavirus pandemic, including If These WARCs Could Talk: Learning from Archived Web & Social Media Covid-19 Collections and Capturing the UK Government Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic at The National Archives UK. There is also a nice write up on how researchers use the archived web.

I presented at METRO with Mark Graham (Internet Archive), Gary Price (INFOdocket), and Alexander Thurman (Columbia University) on Documenting the Present Moment.

Is the WARC the best web archiving format?

The Library of Congress web archiving team celebrated its 20th anniversary! They also posted an interview with a retiring web archivist, Gina Jones. The LoC web archiving team also was featured in the New York Times.

Presentations from the WARCNet kickoff meeting can be found on the WARCNet website. The aim of the WARCnet network is to promote high-quality national and transnational research that will help us to understand the history of (trans)national web domains and of transnational events on the web, drawing on the increasingly important digital cultural heritage held in national web archives.

Version 2.3 of Social Feed Manager was released!

The International Journal of Digital Humanities is putting out a call for a special issue on digital humanities and web archives. Abstracts are due June 1, 2020.

Web Archiving and Digital Libraries workshop as part of JCDL 2020 is looking for submissions. Submissions are due on June 6, 2020.

The race to save the first draft of coronavirus history from internet oblivion in the MIT Technology Review.

Wow, that was a lot. Thanks to my colleague Amy for helping me with this roundup. Stay healthy everyone!