Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Greater China Archival Resources Web Archive

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

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.”

Just Launched: U.S. Women’s and Girls’ Magazines Web Archive (Columbia University)

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

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

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

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?

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.”

New York Times: Meet Your Meme Lords

New York Times: Meet Your Meme Lords. “Future researchers can rest easy: Know Your Meme, Urban Dictionary, Creepypasta and Cute Overload have all been preserved by the Library of Congress. So has the band website for They Might Be Giants and the entire published output of The Toast, the humor site that shut down in 2016. And while the Library of Congress owns a rare print copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the web archive features the LOLCat Bible Translation Project, which rendered the bible in LOLspeak.”

British Library: 15 Years of the UK Web Archive – The Early Years

British Library: 15 Years of the UK Web Archive – The Early Years. “Think back 15 years to the beginning of 2005. Future Prime Minister David Cameron wasn’t yet Leader of the Conservative party and Google Maps, Twitter and the iPhone all had yet to be launched. It was, however, the year that we started collecting copies of UK published websites for permanent preservation and access.”

Just Launched: Vaccination in Modern America: Misinformation vs. Public Health Advocacy Web Archive (Columbia University Libraries)

Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: Vaccination in Modern America: Misinformation vs. Public Health Advocacy Web Archive. “Developed by librarians within the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, the archive preserves webpages representing the current state of public discourse and contrasting approaches to authority on vaccination in the United States, with a focus on sites that are both pro- and anti-vaccination. The purpose of this collection is to capture potentially ephemeral information about vaccination that could be used by health service researchers, information scientists, sociologists, and others to understand the motivations, practices, and outcomes of health information and information on the web.”

National and University Library in Zagreb: Croatian Web Archive launches new website

National and University Library in Zagreb: Croatian Web Archive launches new website. “On 20 February 2020, the Croatian Web Archive (Hrvatski arhiv weba, HAW), a system of the National and University Library in Zagreb for cataloguing, archiving and enabling long-term preservation of and access to Croatian web resources, launched its new website. The Archive’s website’s new, third interface follows the latest developments in the advance of the World Wide Web, and the related technologies and services, as well as the changing requirements of its users, and makes available new features aimed at enhancing user experience.”

The Magnificent Seven: Looking Back on a Year of Exploring the Web Archives Datasets (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: The Magnificent Seven: Looking Back on a Year of Exploring the Web Archives Datasets. “It has been just over a year since we kicked off a deep dive into the Library of Congress Web Archives on the Signal! Now at over 2 petabytes, the web archives are a complex aggregation of interrelated web objects that make up the internet as we know it (images, text, code, audio, video, etc.). In keeping with the Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress, we are working to ‘throw open the treasure chest’ by making this digital content as broadly available as possible. However, without the proper tools to navigate this complex resource, users may think of the treasure chest as more of a Pandora’s box! “

Internet Archive: Archiving Information on the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Internet Archive: Archiving Information on the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). “The Internet Archive’s Archive-It service is collaborating with the Internet Preservation Consortium’s (IIPC) Content Development Group (CDG) to archive web-published resources related to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The IIPC Content Development Group consists of curators and professionals from dozens of libraries and archives from around the world that are preserving and providing access to the archived web.”

FedTech Magazine: How Agencies Are Transitioning to Electronic Archives

FedTech Magazine: How Agencies Are Transitioning to Electronic Archives. “Federal agencies are nearing the end of a 10-year project to go paperless, and they’re about to begin the most challenging part of the process. By 2022, they must comply with a 2019 directive from the National Archives and Records Administration and the Office of Management and Budget that requires all permanent records to be ‘in an electronic format and with appropriate metadata.'”

Motherboard: The Geocities Archive Is Bringing the Early Internet to Life

Motherboard: The Geocities Archive Is Bringing the Early Internet to Life. “Geocities was one of the first places your average person could make a website for free. The Geocities Gallery aims to archive these sites and return them to functionality, MIDIs and all.”