Web Archiving Section Leadership Announcement

The Web Archiving Section is excited to announce the new leadership for the 2019-2020 Steering Committee!  The leadership roster is as follows:

Chair: Emily Ward
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Tori Maches
Education Coordinator: Julia Corrin
Communications Manager: Nicole Greenhouse
Secretary: Kelsey O’Connell
Student Member: Lydia Andeskie

Congratulations and best of luck to those newly elected!

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Web Archiving Roundup: July, 2019

The Web Archiving and Metadata Digital Object Sections will hold a joint event during the SAA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Join us on Saturday, August 3rd for a debate on descriptive metadata and web archiving.

The 2019 Archive-It Partner Meeting coincides with SAA’s Annual Meeting, registration is still open.

Graphic Designer Sam Henri Gold has been archiving Apple ads from the 1970s to the present, you can take a look at the archive directly from the article.

ArchiveSpark 3.0 is now available, take a look a the updates in GitHub.

Check out this article about a High School student’s experience working for the Archives Unleashed team.

The latest issue of the Newsletter from the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods includes an article on research challenges using web archives for social research.

Registration is still open for the Specialized Data Curation Workshop hosted by the Data Curation Network at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Digital Preservation Coalition is crowd-sourcing a list of endangered digital materials. Nominations close on Friday August 30th, 2019.

Web Archiving Roundup: June, 2019

This month the Sunlight Foundation, an organization advocating for open government, published an article on the weaknesses in Federal Agencies’ archival practices.

Catch the livestream recording from the IIP Web Archiving Conference.

You can now take a look at the slides from Ian Milligan & Nick Ruest’s presentation on the Archives Unleashed Cloud Project at IIPC Web Archiving Conference.

Both paper and presentation slides on Judging Visual Correspondence in Web Archives are now available. This presentation was done by Brenda Reyes Ayala at the ACM/IEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL).

The Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group at Old Dominion University has posted a trip report on the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL).

Rhizome recently announced an opportunity for Webrecorder users and community members to financially support Webrecorder, some of the benefits include full range of tools and expanded storage for web collections.

Check out this i-D magazine article on the case for archiving our digital lives.

Web Archiving Roundup: May, 2019

UPDATE – Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting during ALA Annual 2019 for a presentation and Q&A on the Library of Congress Web Archiving Program on Sunday, June 23, 2019, 9:00-10:00AM at the Marriott Marquis.

Now accepting nominations for the SAA Web Archiving Section’s 2019-2020 Steering Committee: https://www2.archivists.org/groups/web-archiving-section/now-accepting-2019-2020-steering-committee-nominations.

Registration for the IIPC Web Archiving Conference ends May 24. The conference will be hosted by the National and University Library of Croatia in Zagreb, which coincides with the 15h anniversary of the Croatian Web Archive (HAW).

For members of the Digital Preservation Coalition, the DPC Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force is inviting delegates to a meeting on July 18, in London. The meeting is free for DPC members, registration ends July 10.

IIPC Content Development Group is asking for contributions to their Climate Change Collection, and their Artificial Intelligence Collection.

Ben Els, Digital Curator at the National Library of Luxembourg, gives us a glimpse not the effort to capture the Luxembourg elections.

Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association, strikes a cord on the challenges of scale in an article titled Data Overload.

The Atlantic has an article on the implication of AI vacuum cleaners from tech companies.

You can now read the paper presented at the 2018 World Library and Information Congress by the Library of Congress, the paper is titled Institutions as Social Media Collector: Lessons Learned from the Library of Congress.

The National Library of the Netherlands has recently launched a collection of archived websites from the Chinese Community in the Netherlands.

ECAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) has launched a website called Information Mesh celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

Web Archiving Roundup: April, 2019

The Library of Congress Digital Collections Development Coordinator positioncloses soon (May 1st)!

Archive-It is hosting a training webinar on Web Archiving Systems API (WASAPI). Zoom in on Wednesday, May 29that 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern.

This one came through my Archive-It listserv this morning; a webinar about WASAPI on May 29:  https://support.archive-it.org/hc/en-us/community/posts/360043527372-New-training-webinar-The-Web-Archiving-Systems-API-WASAPI-.Register here.

Registration for the Society of American Archivists Annual Meetingis now open. 

The ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) has published a list of accepted workshopsand tutorials. 

You can now watch Michael L. Nelson’s keynote “Web Archives at the Nexus of Good Fakes and Flawed Originals”at CNIs April meeting. 

Rhizome presents “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” an exhibition using web archives as art. If you happen to be in New York, you can see this exhibit at the New Museum until May 26.

The National Library of China will archive 200 billion Weibo postsin a project to preserve China’s digital heritage.

Katie Cuyler, Librarian at University of Alberta Libraries, on archiving Alberta’s climate change datain danger to disappear with the change of government. You can access the collection here.

Jason Scott, from TEXTFILES.COM, recently published The MySpace Dragon Hoard, a collection of 450,000 mp3s from MySpace between 2008-2010. These songs were gathered prior to the recent MySpace data loss.

Check out Karl Blumenthal’s trick to crawl special emojis from Twitter.

Some interesting food for thought from Stephen Dowling’s BBC article.

Web Archiving Roundup: March, 2019

Help the SAA Electronic Records Section find more about the most useful resources for the electronic records community. You can find the survey and a bit more about their project here.

Registration for Archivematica Camp in Vancouver, June 24-26, is still open.

Early bird registration for IIPC Web Archiving Conference is now open. You can also take a look at the program.

The International Journal of Digital Humanities has an article on web archiving initiatives in Europe. The article is titled Web Archives as Data Resource for Digital Scholars.

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation have launched the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Transition Web Archive.

Library of Congress Web Archives blog post from Jesse Johnston, Senior Digital Collections Specialist at LOC, gives a walkthrough into sorting through a set of US Government PDFs.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world wide web exploring internet archives through emulated legacy browsers with Rhizome!

Another fun article to celebrate the web’s 30th anniversary looking at Australia’s ugly 90’s websites.

The National Library of Ireland recently announced their 2018 Web Archiving collection.

Web Archiving Roundup: January, 2019

Here is your first Web Archiving Roundup of 2019!

Web Archiving Roundup: December 17, 2018

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Web Archiving Roundup: November 21, 2018

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Web Archiving Roundup — Gothamist edition: November 13, 2017

Gothamist shutdown:
On Thursday, November 2, it was announced that the online-only, city-centric news outlets Gothamist and DNAinfo had been abruptly shuttered — archives and all — by owner Joe Ricketts in response to the organization’s vote to unionize. Both online newspapers, Gothamist (and LAist, DCist, Chicagoist, and SFist) and DNAinfo were updated numerous times each day, with a focus on local news, events, food, and culture.

This special edition of the Web Archiving Roundup takes a look at what others are saying about Gothamist and DNAinfo — and online news — in the wake of their sudden shutdown.

  • Archive, archive, archive: NiemanLab links to several external efforts to archive both Gothamist and DNAinfo, and reminds us of the risks of ‘billionaire-funded media.’ (Archived link.)
  • What We Lose in the Disappearing Digital Archive: on Splinter, David Uberti writes: ‘It’s likely that additional existing [online] publications will close in the face of economic upheaval, leaving their sites vulnerable to technical failure without consistent upkeep.’ Uberti also speaks with Abbie Grotke, web archiving team lead at the Library of Congress, who discusses the difficulties of capturing online news. (Archived link.)
  • When your server crashes, you could lose decades of digital news content — forever: in 2014, the Columbia Missourian suffered a server crash and ‘in less than a second, the newspaper’s digital archive of fifteen years of stories and seven years of photojournalism were gone forever.’ What’s worse, as Edward McCain writes, is that ‘very little is known about the policies and practices of news organizations when it comes to born-digital content.’ (Archived link.)
  • If a Pulitzer-finalist 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can: written in 2015, ‘Raiders of the Lost Web‘ argues that ‘the web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria. It’s not a place in any reliable sense of the word. It is not a repository. It is not a library. It is a constantly changing patchwork of perpetual nowness. You can’t count on the web, okay? It’s unstable. You have to know this.’ (Archived link.)

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Conference alert: on November 15 and 16, follow along with Dodging the Memory Hole, a conference dedicated to the issue of preserving born-digital news content.