A few quick links on web archiving topics
- SAA joins 60 other organizations and signs letter to the Office of Management and Budget about removing online government information.
- Kalev Letaru, from the GDelt project, writes in Forbes about “Why aren’t we doing more with our web archives?“
- The recent presidential transition has led to multiple news stories about web pages and data being removed from government websites.
- Web archiving activity around government websites
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of September 18, 2015:
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of September 10, 2015:
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of August 14, 2015:
On Wednesday, August 5 SAA President Kathleen Roe sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook Board of Directors urging them to “add functionality that allows a page owner to download the contents of his/her page(s). This would allow archival institutions to accept donations of this material…” This letter was drafted and edited by the Web Archiving Roundtable’s membership and steering committee. Please read the letter attached below.
Letter to Facebook_SAA
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of July 24, 2015:
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of July 16, 2015:
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?
- “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.
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of June 24, 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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
Weekly web archiving roundup for the week of June 4, 2015:
- “School Board Meetings to Go Live“, by Rita Robinson. The Laguna Beach Unified School District board voted 3-1 Tuesday to stream public meetings online. The board approved $50,000 for equipment and technology for live-stream-webcasting and archiving school board meetings on the district’s website.
- “How Broken Hyperlinks Are Screwing Up Science“, by Chris Mills. For most of us, a hyperlink 404ing is a problem fixable with a quick visit to the Wayback Machine (or maybe just taking a walk away from the computer and reflecting on the importance of cat GIFs). But for academics, broken links present a more serious issue.