Lifehacker: How to Permanently Archive WhatsApp Conversations

Lifehacker: How to Permanently Archive WhatsApp Conversations. “The latest WhatsApp beta on Android brings some major changes to the way the app’s chat archive system works. The ‘new archive,’ as the app calls it, does the same thing as the ‘old’ archive—house your archived messages—with one major exception: You can now permanently archive chats you want to ignore or remove from your inbox.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Video Appeals to the President of Russia Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Video Appeals to the President of Russia Web Archive. “The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Video Appeals to the President of Russia web archive, preserving online videos created as direct appeals to Vladimir Putin by various groups and individuals in the Russian Federation and a number of other countries. The videos contain requests for the president’s direct involvement in resolving local and national social, economic, legal and environmental problems, assessment of Putin’s leadership, advice to him, and birthday wishes.”

Discover: Meet The Activist Archivists Saving The Internet From The Digital Dustbin

Discover: Meet The Activist Archivists Saving The Internet From The Digital Dustbin. “Websites die constantly. The sheer size of the internet makes it feel like a permanent fixture, but individual pages only live an estimated 90 days before they change or vanish. At the same time, every single page has potential historical value. Maybe a future scholar will want to read a local news article that disappeared when the paper redesigned its website, or a political candidate is purging troublesome old statements. Perhaps someone will just want to revisit a video that made them laugh decades ago. That anything (and everything) might someday prove valuable is why extensive internet archiving efforts exist.”

Library of Congress: Announcing the Professional Organizations for Performing Arts Web Archive

Library of Congress: Announcing the Professional Organizations for Performing Arts Web Archive . “I am excited to share the Music Division’s latest web archive collection, the Professional Organizations for Performing Arts Web Archive! This collection contains websites and select social media to document professional networks in the performing arts over time. The collection items are those of professional, labor, and advocacy organizations at regional, national, and international levels. Its initial batch of 85 archived websites is ready for you to explore in our digital collections. By the summer, expect at least 100!”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive. “With an emphasis on websites produced by underrepresented ethnicities and stateless groups, the Archive covers (but is not limited to): sites published by non-governmental organizations that focus on public health, humanitarian relief, and education; sites published by established and amateur artists in any realm of cultural production; sites published by local news sources; sites published by civil society actors and representatives; and relevant blogs and social media pages. At the time of its launch, the Archive featured over 2,000 websites from over 80 countries in over 50 languages.”

British Library: The New Media Writing Prize collection is now available in the UK Web Archive

British Library: The New Media Writing Prize collection is now available in the UK Web Archive. “The New Media Writing Prize was founded in 2010 and over the past decade has attracted a diverse and innovative range of works from all over the world. Its aim is to showcase and celebrate new and often experimental forms of digital storytelling, crossing formats and genres. The collection features shortlisted and winning entries for different categories awarded through the years (main prize, student prize, journalism prize and DOT award), from 2010 to the present.”

NextGov: How NARA’s Preserving More Than 20 Terabytes of Trump Social Media Data

NextGov: How NARA’s Preserving More Than 20 Terabytes of Trump Social Media Data. “America’s federal records-keeper is in the midst of a hefty, ongoing effort to preserve many terabytes of digital and social media records from former President Donald Trump, who was suspended from using multiple online platforms in his final days in office. To do so, the National Archives and Records Administration is leveraging a technology-based solution called ArchiveSocial.”

ZDNet: Why all of Trump’s tweets and other social media posts must be archived for future historians

ZDNet: Why all of Trump’s tweets and other social media posts must be archived for future historians. “It is important to think of this as a historical issue and not a political one. Electronic records are still rather new to our history as a nation, couldn’t even have been conceived of by our founders, and aren’t represented fully in many of our older but still-active laws. But now that digital messages are so relevant to our lives, and have become the chief way we communicate, we need to make sure we don’t delete them, allow them to conveniently slip through loopholes, or let them be consumed by bit rot.”

NixIntel: Make Your Own Internet Archive With Archive Box

NixIntel: Make Your Own Internet Archive With Archive Box. “Hunchly is excellent for capturing web pages, but I still like to supplement it with YouTube-dl for grabbing video content. Recently I’ve also started using Archive Box to build offline archives of web content that I want to keep…. Archive Box can build full archives of the websites listed in your bookmarks, browser history, or from a list of custom URLs that you provide. In the rest of this post I’ll show you how you can set up and install Archive Box and start to archive your own pages.”

Library of Congress: Analyzing the Born-Digital Archive

Library of Congress: Analyzing the Born-Digital Archive. “As a 2020 Staff Innovator working on the Born Digital Access Now! project, I conducted an analysis of the file formats contained in the Manuscript Division holdings. Analyzing and documenting file formats is a necessary first step to mapping the 85 processed collections containing born-digital material to the most suitable access pathway. Additionally, this analysis will inform the development of a pilot digital access workstation with the appropriate specifications and tools.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive. “Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed.”

Data Horde: Help Archive YouTube’s Community Contributions!

Data Horde: Help Archive YouTube’s Community Contributions!. “YouTube is removing their community contributions feature on September 28. In case you haven’t already heard, that’s the feature which allows viewers to add captions/subtitles, translated titles and video descriptions on videos. And YouTube seems to be pretty insistent on removing the feature, despite massive backlash. Now although YouTube have given their word to keep published community captions (and other contributions) online, there’s a small detail many people have overlooked. Last year, YouTube restricted the feature to only allow uploaders to publish contributions. As such, there are many many unpublished captions, title/description translations stuck in review.”

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.”

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.”