Quartz: The early internet is breaking—meet the people saving it

Quartz: The early internet is breaking—meet the people saving it. “In 1999, Olia Lialina taught web design in Germany. In class, she’d use amateur sites as examples of what not to do. But then, Lialina realized that those pages were disappearing. So she began to collect, and, eventually, study them to understand the values embedded within the early web’s ever-present starry night backgrounds, Mail Me buttons, and welcome signs.”

Ball State University: Ball State to archive websites of community organizations, local businesses

Ball State University: Ball State to archive websites of community organizations, local businesses. “Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections has launched a community archiving initiative to preserve and make accessible the websites of area organizations and businesses. The Ball State University Libraries’ web archive creates snapshots of selected websites at regular time intervals to capture and preserve culturally and historically significant information relevant to the city and county. The archived webpages are fully searchable and accessible.”

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy: What Do You Do with 11,000 Blogs? Preserving, Archiving, and Maintaining UMW Blogs—A Case Study

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy: What Do You Do with 11,000 Blogs? Preserving, Archiving, and Maintaining UMW Blogs—A Case Study. “After three years in which Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) staff and a few UMW faculty experimented with blogs in and out of the classroom (Campbell 2009, 20), UMW Blogs launched in 2007. It provided the campus with a WordPress installation that allowed any student, faculty, or staff member to get their own subdomain (e.g. mygreatblog.umwblogs.org) and WordPress site, administered by DTLT. Since then, the 600 blogs of 2007 has grown to over 11,000 blogs and 13,000 users as of 2018! Each site has any number of themes, plugins, and widgets installed and running, creating a database that is exponentially larger and more cumbersome than the user numbers suggest at first glance.”

Just Launched: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive (Columbia University Libraries)

Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive, comprised of captured website content from Eastern Europe and the territories of the Former Soviet Union. In recent years, this area of the world has produced a significant volume of websites likely to be of value to contemporary and future humanities, social science, and history projects, and the archive has been established as an attempt to identify, capture, and preserve this material.”

Forbes: We Must Bring Libraries, Journalists And Technologists Together To Preserve Online News

Forbes: We Must Bring Libraries, Journalists And Technologists Together To Preserve Online News. “In recent years there has been a steadily growing, but long-overdue interest in preserving our collective societal memory recorded in the ephemeral and incredibly fragile world of online journalism. From traditional textual news articles to interactive features, photo galleries, video reporting and new technologies like VR features, digital journalism has become the dominate medium through which we understand the world around us. Unlike print journalism, which has long been archived by libraries akin to books, with paper stacked on shelves in a passive process, preserving online journalism requires actively seeking it out and complex preservation processes foreign to both the library and journalism worlds. How might technologists help the library and journalism worlds reimagine how they preserve online news?”

South China Morning Post: China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage

South China Morning Post: China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage. “The National Library of China will archive over 200 billion public posts on Weibo, the country’s popular Twitter-style microblogging site, as part of an initiative to preserve the digital heritage of the world’s biggest internet population.”

Digital Scholarship Blog: Collecting Emerging Formats

Digital Scholarship Blog: Collecting Emerging Formats. “The Emerging Formats project, started in 2017 by the British Library and the other five UK Legal Deposit Libraries, has been investigating the rise of new complex digital publications that could pose new challenges for libraries and other cultural institutions in terms of collection and preservation. In particular, this project has chosen to prioritise three formats: eBook mobile apps, web-based interactive narratives, and structured data.”