The Register: Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church… oh, and a little fight to preserve truth. “At the Internet Archive’s headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, technologists, educators, archivists, and others fact-oriented folks gathered to discuss how they and the like-minded can save news from the memory hole – a conceit conjured by George Orwell to describe a political mechanism for altering the truth.”
Splinter: DNAinfo, Gothamist, and What We Lose in the Disappearing Digital Archive. “On Monday afternoon, as a few hundred people gathered at New York’s City Hall to protest the shuttering of local news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist, a carousel of speakers took turns proclaiming their love for journalism—including frequent targets of the press. Tragedies make strange bedfellows…. Yet a week after the publications were shut down, what happens to that journalism—the first drafts of local history DNAinfo, Gothamist, and its companion sites in other cities had given the world—remains an open question.”
RIT Reporter: Digital Preservation & Corporate Owned Platforms. “When it comes to social media, the vast majority of our personal thoughts and records are only preserved by some company’s far-away servers. For a fairly long time now, we have collectively tied our identities to spaces owned and operated by third parties. Dr. Tamar Carroll of RIT’s Digital Humanities and Social Science program brought up how Facebook embodies this trend.”
Victoria and Albert Museum: How We Collected WeChat. “The V&A has added WeChat, China’s largest social media platform, to its permanent collection. If you’re visiting the museum, you’ll be able to see a small display of the application in Gallery 76 during the London Design Festival and in the ensuing months. To say ‘we’ve collected an app’ elicits a range of puzzled reactions. How do you collect an app? What is the thing you’re actually collecting? And what for? The fact is, collecting digital is a new frontier for design museums. What you collect, how you do it, and why, are very much still open questions. But as more and more of our designed world either becomes digital or is experienced digitally, there’s an express urgency to find ways of collecting and preserving the important aspects of our digital culture. With that in mind, we thought it useful to share the experience of our two-and-a-half year process behind collecting WeChat, and the challenges were presented along the way.”
Motherboard: Inside the Insane Plan to Build an Unofficial Archive of All of Instagram. “Redditors are no stranger to what may outwardly seem to be pointless collaborative projects. In fact, that’s kind of their specialty. Earlier this year, the Place project saw thousands of users come together to draw on a giant digital canvas, but at around the same time the folks over at r/DataHoarder, a community of self-described ‘digital librarians,’ were planting the seeds for something far larger—in principle anyway. The idea was to create a distributed archive of all of Instagram.” Wow! Wow? Wow…?!
Destructoid (no, really): One developer is attempting to archive the entirety of Miiverse. “The closure of Miiverse, scheduled for November 8, will result in the sudden, and kinda sad, destruction of thousands of musings, drawings, moments and memes. Gone in the blink of an eye. Or so we think, as app developer ‘Drastic Actions’ is living up to their namesake by creating software that intends to archive every single one of the hundreds of thousands of posts created across the Nintendo online community.”
University of Colorado Boulder: New state law modernizes Colorado Open Records Act. “While prior to this summer the law allowed for the release of records in a paper format, the new bill requires a requested public record to be provided in the format in which its kept. For example, a Microsoft Excel database of employee names and salary figures may be provided to a requester in a digital and sortable format.” NICE.