The Standard (Hong Kong): RTHK plan to delete content spurs online push

The Standard (Hong Kong): RTHK plan to delete content spurs online push. “People online are discussing plans to back up [Radio Television Hong Kong] programs after the public broadcaster said it will delete content that is more than a year old from its YouTube and Facebook. They called on others to download their favorite RTHK programs and reupload them to another platform, with some even providing step-by-step tutorials teaching others how to download programs from YouTube.”

Crack: DJ and Intervention founder Ifeoluwa is launching a digital archive for underground music

Crack: DJ and Intervention founder Ifeoluwa is launching a digital archive for underground music. “Taking to Twitter, Ifeoluwa – real name Yewande Adeniran – wrote, ‘Hi everyone! I’m starting a digital archive for underground dance / experimental music. I’m looking for people to submit their favourite DJs, producers and composers, both established and newcomers, sesh stories, best night outs, photos and any memorabilia. From any year!’”

Wired: NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History

Wired: NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History. “The archival world is a world of inadequate budgets and financial constraint, filled with underpaid workers and massive, poorly resourced projects like digital preservation, and the challenging task of digitizing analog materials. Will archives be tempted by the potential upside of NFTs and tokenize digital representations of their crown jewels (or the rights to these assets)? This would worsen an already bad situation, where institutions like our Library of Congress hold physical copies of millions of films, TV programs, and recordings that can’t be touched because someone else holds the copyright.”

From Courtney Barnett to Neil Young: The Wild, Wonderful World of Internet Music Archives (InsideHook)

InsideHook: From Courtney Barnett to Neil Young: The Wild, Wonderful World of Internet Music Archives. “For just about as long as the internet’s been around, there have been websites devoted to archiving a particular band’s touring history. In the early days, most of them were run by fans of jam bands like The Grateful Dead or Phish; for a genre where no two performances of any given song are exactly alike, it made sense that fans would need a place to help them track down a particular live performance, swap bootlegs or peruse decades of setlists. But in recent years, many musicians — including plenty who exist entirely outside of the jam scene — have taken matters into their own hands and launched their own online archives.”

WAFA News Agency: The Palestinian Museum launches phase two of its Digital Archive project to include more than 360,000 items

WAFA News Agency: The Palestinian Museum launches phase two of its Digital Archive project to include more than 360,000 items. “The Palestinian Museum announced the launch of phase two of its Digital Archive project (PMDA), which will continue for three years as of March 2021 and when complete, the archive will include more than 360,000 freely-available items, according to a press release. During phase two, the project will widen its reach, gathering Palestinian archives from families and institutions, and from diaspora Palestinians in Jordan and Lebanon.”

University of Cape Town: Recognising the loss of the Jagger Reading Room

University of Cape Town: Recognising the loss of the Jagger Reading Room. “The fire destroyed the Jagger Reading Room, gutting its roof and destroying the galleries, adjacent stores and offices. The team at UCT Libraries can confirm the archival and published print collections kept within the Reading Room were consumed by the flames. These include the vast majority of the African Studies Published Print Collection (approximately 70 000 items), the entire African Studies Film Collection on DVD (approximately 3 500), all the UCT university calendars, some of the heavily used Government Publications documents from South Africa and across the continent, and manuscripts and archives kept in the Reading Room for processing or digitisation or awaiting transfer after being digitised.”

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control. “Ujala Satgoor, executive director of UCT Libraries, described how ‘some of us watched, from on-site, with horror and helplessness’ as the building burned…. The library houses printed and audiovisual materials on African studies; 1,300 sub-collections of unique manuscripts and personal papers; and more than 85,000 books and pamphlets on African studies, including up-to-date materials and works on Africa and South Africa printed before 1925, according to the UCT website.”

Watch | Cape Town fire: Dreadful scenes as UCT Library goes up in flames (The South African)

A million thanks to Mandy W. for bringing this to my attention. The South African: Watch | Cape Town fire: Dreadful scenes as UCT Library goes up in flames. “Well, this is just utterly devastating: Hundreds of years of history has gone up in smoke on Sunday, as the Cape Town fire ripped its way through campus – and set the UCT Library ablaze. Students were evacuated from their Halls of Residence earlier on Sunday, after the inferno made its way from Table Mountain, through Devil’s Peak, and into Newlands. …Precious archives, historic texts, and collections of African Studies are all in jeopardy this afternoon. The UCT Library is home to some classic publications, and has a long-standing history as an extraordinary hub for higher education.”

Nuclear Engineering International: Keeping a Record

Nuclear Engineering International: Keeping a record . “ARCHIVING FOR NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING: Challenges and Collaborations, hosted in December, examined the issues of building, managing, and opening an archive related to nuclear energy. The event was hosted by Archives Portal Europe and organised by the Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies at Rikkyo University in Japan, in collaboration with the Energy Archives Network (Eogan), the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which shared a case study on Nucleus, its historical archive in Caithness, Scotland, and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), a non-profit membership organisation that seeks to secure the preservation of digital resources.”

Seattle Times: Sale of National Archives in Seattle halted by Biden administration

Seattle Times: Sale of National Archives in Seattle halted by Biden administration. “The impending sale of the National Archives at Seattle has been stopped by the Biden administration. On Thursday, the Office of Management and Budget, which administers the federal budget and had approved the sale of the 10-acre Sand Point facility during the Trump administration, reversed course.”

University of Oklahoma: University Libraries Acquires Award-Winning Translator’s Archive

University of Oklahoma: University Libraries Acquires Award-Winning Translator’s Archive. “University Libraries’ Chinese Literature Translation Archive has recently acquired noted Scottish translator Brian Holton’s translation archive. These works include a treasure-trove of material on Holton’s translation of Classical Chinese poetry into both English and Scots (Holton is the lone translator of Chinese into Scots) as well as over two decades of hand-written correspondence, draft material, and other important historical documents that reveal the foundation of his partnership with contemporary Chinese poet Yang Lian.”

OCLC: OCLC to convene a diverse group to ‘Reimagine Descriptive Workflows’ in libraries, archives

OCLC: OCLC to convene a diverse group to ‘Reimagine Descriptive Workflows’ in libraries, archives. “OCLC has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to convene a diverse group of experts, practitioners, and community members to determine ways to improve descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure and workflows in libraries and archives. The multi-day virtual convening is part of an eight-month project, Reimagine Descriptive Workflows.”