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.”

Why Web Archiving?: A Conversation with Web Archivists and Researchers (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: Why Web Archiving?: A Conversation with Web Archivists and Researchers. “On May 23, the Library of Congress hosted ‘#WhyWebArchiving: Preserving Internet Content for Research Use,’ a virtual event that brought together Library subject experts actively involved in building web archives with researchers that have utilized the Library’s web archives in their work…. A video recording of the panel is now available online, and you can also read about some of the highlights here.”

UK Web Archive Blog: What UKWA did at the IIPC Web Archive Conference 2022

UK Web Archive Blog: What UKWA did at the IIPC Web Archive Conference 2022. “Between the 18 and 25 May 2022, we had the biggest annual event in the world of web archiving – The IIPC General Assembly and Web Archive Conference. Some of the sessions were for members only but many were free and open for anyone to attend. Here are the UKWA staff and research partners who gave presentations at the conference with links to their pre-recorded talks that have been uploaded to our YouTube channel.”

PC Gamer: The Embracer Group is now collecting historical games in addition to developers

PC Gamer: The Embracer Group is now collecting historical games in addition to developers. “The Embracer Group, a massive conglomerate formerly known as THQ Nordic AB, has recently announced a game preservation initiative called the Embracer Games Archive(opens in new tab) with the stated goal to ‘archive and save as much of the videogames industry as possible.’”

Brown University: Brown University Library Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Create New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art

Brown University: Brown University Library Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Create New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art. “Brown University Library has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support ‘New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art.’ This project will develop new frameworks for the long-term preservation and presentation of born-digital art.”

Library of Congress: Registration Now Open for IIPC’s 2022 Web Archiving Conference

Library of Congress: Registration Now Open for IIPC’s 2022 Web Archiving Conference. “We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2022 Web Archiving Conference! The event, which the Library of Congress is hosting in partnership with the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) will be held virtually on May 23-25, 2022. The conference is free and open to everyone with an interest in web archiving, but space is limited so we recommend registering now to reserve your spot.”

CNET: PlayStation Is Apparently Getting Serious About Its Retro Library

CNET: PlayStation Is Apparently Getting Serious About Its Retro Library. “As PlayStation prepares to make hundreds of classic games playable on PS5 via its upgraded PlayStation Plus this summer, it’s seemingly taking steps to conserve its retro library. The Sony-owned video game giant formed a new preservation team, as revealed by a new hire’s LinkedIn and Twitter posts.”

Grand Valley Lanthorn: GV alum and current NYU librarian working to preserve the dynamic web

Grand Valley Lanthorn: GV alum and current NYU librarian working to preserve the dynamic web. “Grand Valley State University alum and current New York University Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture and Communication, Katy Boss, is working with a team dedicated to preserving the dynamic web. Boss, along with co-principal investigator Vicky Rampin and lead developers Remi Rampin and Ilya Kreymer, is developing a tool called ReproZip-Web that preserves dynamic web apps and websites. ReproZip-Web is an open-source program that bundles together all the files necessary to run dynamic web apps and saves them as a downloadable .rpz file.”

Marketplace: Digital archivists race to preserve Ukrainian heritage

Marketplace: Digital archivists race to preserve Ukrainian heritage. “Some Ukrainian museum websites have gone offline as the servers hosting them lose connections or are destroyed in attacks. To prevent that information and cultural memory from disappearing entirely, around 1,000 archivists, programmers and librarians have volunteered to form a group called Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online or SUCHO.”