Front Matter: Building an archive for scholarly blog posts

Front Matter: Building an archive for scholarly blog posts. “Building an archive of scholarly blog posts faces the same fundamental challenges as repositories for other types of scholarly content, whether data, software, preprints, or journal articles. You have to collect metadata and content, and that approach only scales with standardization and open licenses. Luckily we already know a lot about required and optional but desired scholarly metadata, and they are fundamentally not different for scholarly blog post.”

UK Web Archiving Blog: Examining sports history through digitised & born digital resources

UK Web Archiving Blog: Examining sports history through digitised & born digital resources. “The Irish Sporting Lives workshop and symposium took place at the Ulster University campus in Belfast from 11-12 November 2022. Day one took the form of a half day workshop aimed at PhD/ECR researchers. It focused both on imparting knowledge about how to research historical figures and how to write sporting biographies.”

The Conversation: Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter has placed its user-generated archives in danger

The Conversation: Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter has placed its user-generated archives in danger. “Future historians may be able to learn about these things through media coverage of Twitter, but the ability to access the tweets themselves will be invaluable for historical research. This is doubly true for the spread of information during breaking events, when the platform itself became the main primary source for observers and participants. Given the centrality of this source, it is hard to believe that it could all disappear. Could it?”

WIRED: Want to Archive Twitter? Good Luck With That

WIRED: Want to Archive Twitter? Good Luck With That. “Whether Twitter goes bankrupt (as Musk himself has said is a possibility) or becomes an unnavigable stream of hate speech and deceptive parody accounts, the network’s future is unknown. But there’s fear that Twitter’s troves of content, important for both historical and political impact (as well as a good laugh), could be lost.”

Snopes: A Guide to Archiving on the Internet

Snopes: A Guide to Archiving on the Internet. “Here at Snopes, archiving web links is key to our fact-checking practice. And thanks to numerous archival resources on the internet, that practice has become easier than ever. Keeping records on the internet is essential to understanding not just the history of the web, but also to help us track whether a tweet was ever deleted, or if someone amended a statement on a web page.”

MIT Technology Review: Everything dies, including information

MIT Technology Review: Everything dies, including information. “Surely, we’re at a stage technologically where we might devise ways to make knowledge available and accessible forever. After all, the density of data storage is already incomprehensibly high. In the ever-­growing museum of the internet, one can move smoothly from images from the James Webb Space Telescope through diagrams explaining Pythagoras’s philosophy on the music of the spheres to a YouTube tutorial on blues guitar soloing. What more could you want? Quite a bit, according to the experts.”

WARCnet Special Report: Skills, Tools and Knowledge Ecologies in Web Archive Research, 2022 (UK Web Archive Blog)

UK Web Archive Blog: WARCnet Special Report: Skills, Tools and Knowledge Ecologies in Web Archive Research, 2022. “The WARST team are delighted to announce the publication of a WARCnet Special Report, titled: Skills, Tools and Knowledge Ecologies in Web Archive Research… The study focuses on individuals around the globe who participate in web archive research, in the context of web archiving, curation, and the use of web archives and archived web content for research or other purposes.”

Ars Technica: How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future

Ars Technica: How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future. “While Nintendo, the games’ publisher, hasn’t worked to make older Pokémon games accessible on modern hardware—or affordable on older gear—a certain demographic of dedicated fans has taken it upon themselves to not just preserve legacy Pokémon titles but to actively improve them. These volunteer ROM hackers and preservationists work to keep the passions of an aging generation of Pokémon masters alive, all while fighting occasionally brutal legal crackdowns from Nintendo.”

Spotted via Google: Saving Candidate Websites

Spotted via a random Google search result: Saving Candidate Websites. From the home page: “Each year, thousands of people run for local political offices across the United States. Many of them create websites and social media sites to reach potential voters. But after each election cycle, thousands of these websites disappear from the web…. If these sites aren’t archived, we lose important digital artifacts from an election cycle — ones that are useful for future journalists, researchers and historians. With tools like the Wayback Machine and groups like the Archive Team, we can ensure that these sites are scooped up before they’re lost forever.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the LGBTQ+ Communities of the Former Soviet Union & Eastern Europe Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the LGBTQ+ Communities of the Former Soviet Union & Eastern Europe Web Archive. “The collection archives a broad range of websites maintained by and for the benefit of LGBTQ+ communities in the independent countries of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. These websites document news, events, and issues within these diverse communities, and often provide helpful information about where to seek health, legal, and other assistance in their countries of origin.”

Federal News Network: NARA looks to double down on email records approach with texts, other messages

Federal News Network: NARA looks to double down on email records approach with texts, other messages. “The National Archives and Records Administration is looking to expand a successful approach for managing email records to text messages and other digital communications as part of a bid to help agencies with an ever increasing deluge of electronic records.”

NARA: NARA’s Digital Preservation Framework Goes Live as Linked Open Dataset

NARA: NARA’s Digital Preservation Framework Goes Live as Linked Open Dataset. “Beginning today, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is making its Digital Preservation Framework available as a Linked Open Dataset, a first for the agency…. The Digital Preservation Framework describes best practices for the preservation of 684 file formats, some dating back to the first transfers of electronic records to NARA 50 years ago.”