Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive. “Amplifying the voices of those fighting against long histories of patriarchal dominance, the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas.”
Library of Congress: Analyzing the Born-Digital Archive. “As a 2020 Staff Innovator working on the Born Digital Access Now! project, I conducted an analysis of the file formats contained in the Manuscript Division holdings. Analyzing and documenting file formats is a necessary first step to mapping the 85 processed collections containing born-digital material to the most suitable access pathway. Additionally, this analysis will inform the development of a pilot digital access workstation with the appropriate specifications and tools.”
Radio Free Asia: Thousands of Articles Restored From Downed Website of Jailed Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti. “The former website of jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti containing thousands of articles has been restored seven years after it was shut down by authorities in China ahead of his 2014 arrest and sentencing to life in prison for ‘separatism,’ according to a group that advocates for his release.”
Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive. “The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive… documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism.”
ZDNet: Yahoo Groups to shut down for good on December 15, 2020. “Yahoo Groups, one of the last vestiges of the old Yahoo web properties, will shut down on December 15, 2020, when Verizon plans to take the groups.yahoo.com website offline for good.” Thanks to Lucas L. for the heads-up.
Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive. “Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed.”
Data Horde: Help Archive YouTube’s Community Contributions!. “YouTube is removing their community contributions feature on September 28. In case you haven’t already heard, that’s the feature which allows viewers to add captions/subtitles, translated titles and video descriptions on videos. And YouTube seems to be pretty insistent on removing the feature, despite massive backlash. Now although YouTube have given their word to keep published community captions (and other contributions) online, there’s a small detail many people have overlooked. Last year, YouTube restricted the feature to only allow uploaders to publish contributions. As such, there are many many unpublished captions, title/description translations stuck in review.”
Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive. “… the Archive documents how the architecture and design communities have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the purposes of the Archive, the design and architecture communities are defined as practitioners and organizations who play a role in shaping public space and the built environment, including: architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and artists. Materials included come from a wide variety of sites, such as national organizations, professional and personal blogs, interviews, design firms, and cultural heritage institutions.”
Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Greater China Archival Resources Web Archive. “The Greater China Archival Resources Web Archive collects websites belonging to established, physical archives and learned archival societies located in the Greater China region, and archival projects from or about the Greater China region.”
Harvard Gazette: Challenge of archiving the #MeToo movement. “For decades, Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has been the nation’s leading repository for a range of primary-source materials documenting the lives and legacies of women in America. Its collections are crammed with letters and posters, journals and photographs — the physical records of an individual, a family, a social action, a political campaign. Today, newer collections often arrive with hard disks and thumb drives; ‘papers’ now include emails. But until recently, social media had not figured largely. Then came a cultural moment that shook the nation and helped transform the way the library collects and curates material in a communications age when hashtags can muster millions and tweets are commentary, conversation, and official declaration.”
Columbia University: Just Launched: U.S. Women’s and Girls’ Magazines Web Archive. “Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive consists of websites of women’s media that previously existed as print magazines and have long documented women’s thoughts, activities, economic power, sexuality, political interests, social, cultural, and domestic life.”
Wired UK: Inside Radiohead’s mission to archive everything . “In January 2020, the many strange iterations of Radiohead’s multiple websites were brought back to life when the band launched the Radiohead Public Library. If you visit radiohead.com today, you’re greeted with neatly organised digital ‘shelves’, stacked with music, high-quality videos, merch and ephemera from every era of the band. Most of those preserved websites are deliberately opaque. One, from the era of The Bends (the critically acclaimed album released in 1995), collects negative reviews of the website itself on a neon background. (‘Do NOT visit this site. It is confusing, garbled rubbish,’ reads one.) But, if the Radiohead of the early 2000s found innovation in obfuscation, in 2020 the band has recognised that a truly radical online act is to actually provide clarity.”
Motherboard: It’s Time to Archive the Internet Archive. “Five of the world’s largest publishers sued the Internet Archive, claiming its open-access digital library is a mass infringement on their copyright. The move puts the internet’s most important archive in danger, and has at least got some data hoarders talking about archiving the Internet Archive, and what that would even look like.”
MIT Technology Review: The race to save the first draft of coronavirus history from internet oblivion. “According to Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive’s founder, his organization is already collecting about 1 billion URLs a day across the web. Archiving the pandemic means trying to identify and collect the pages their ordinary efforts might otherwise overlook, relying on a network of library professionals and members of the public: local and international public health pages, petitions, resources for medical professionals trying to fight covid-19, and accounts from those who have had the virus. It’s not easy. ‘The average life of a web page is only 100 days before it’s changed or deleted,’ he says.
Digital Preservation Coalition: How do you preserve records from within an EDRMS?. “Last month the DPC kicked off a new task force. A group specifically focused on considering how to preserve records from within an Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS). According to Wikipedia, ‘Electronic document and records management is used by organizations to manage documents and records throughout the document life-cycle, from creation to destruction.’ …but what if ‘destruction’ isn’t appropriate? What if preservation is required? In many organizations it is likely that some records require longer term retention or may even need to be kept in perpetuity.”