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.
ABC News (Australia): Meet the digital librarians saving social media posts to protect human rights. “When 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown was shot six times by police in Ferguson, Missouri, Ed Summers and his colleagues quickly began collecting tweets. The controversial 2014 killing of Brown had became a focal point of the Black Lives Matter campaign: Mr Summers’ team were looking to use the social media platform as a new tool for documenting abuse. Within two weeks, more than 13 million tweets had been collected, and the experience had given birth to a new archiving initiative: Documenting the Now, a specifically Twitter-related human rights project.”
State Archives of North Carolina: Looking Back on State Government Social Media. “Would your North Carolina state agency like to preserve its social media posts? You can look into the distant past of social media and see how your agency’s social media presence has evolved. The State Archives captures North Carolina state government social media, but we need your help to make sure your social media output is archived for posterity. For the results of our archiving, check out the State of North Carolina Social Media Archive.”