SPIEGEL International: The European Commission Deletes Mass Amounts of Emails and Doesn’t Archive Chats

SPIEGEL International: The European Commission Deletes Mass Amounts of Emails and Doesn’t Archive Chats. “Each month, the European Commission deletes several thousand emails and texts, and WhatsApp messages are not archived at all. Now, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is, once again, facing uncomfortable questions about allegedly deleted text messages. An expert describes the practices as legally ‘questionable.’”

Internet Archive: The Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program Welcomes 60+ New Members from the US, Canada and Internationally

Internet Archive Blog: The Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program Welcomes 60+ New Members from the US, Canada and Internationally. “Community Webs, the Internet Archive’s community history web and digital archiving program, is welcoming over 60 new members from across the US, Canada, and internationally. This new cohort is the first expansion of the Community Webs program outside of the United States and we are thrilled to be supporting the development of diverse, community-based web collections on an international scale.”

The Philosopher’s Archive in the Digital Age: David Lewis and His Correspondence (guest post) (Daily Nous)

Daily Nous: The Philosopher’s Archive in the Digital Age: David Lewis and His Correspondence (guest post) . “‘There are both intellectual and practical questions here. On the intellectual side, a major question is how the medium of email affects the communication and discussion of philosophical ideas… On the practical side… how do we approach the job of preserving a philosopher’s emails after her death, assuming there is sufficient scholarly interest in her correspondence?’ These questions are among those raised by Helen Beebee (University of Manchester) and Anthony Fisher (University of Washington) in the following guest post*, in which they describe some of their work organizing and publishing the correspondence of David Lewis….” The asterisk appears to link to the “About” page for the Daily Nous, so it’s not a specific disclaimer.

University of Edinburgh: Digital archive captures health websites

University of Edinburgh: Digital archive captures health websites. “The project will preserve 10,000 official and unofficial websites relating to health to create available to researchers and the public. The initiative called ‘The Archive of Tomorrow: Health Information and Misinformation in the UK Web Archive’ has been launched by the National Library of Scotland and is funded by the Wellcome Trust…. The initiative will examine how websites and other online information about health is archived.”

Archive-It: A New Wayback: Improving Web Archive Replay

Archive-It: A New Wayback: Improving Web Archive Replay. “The Internet Archive is excited to announce the preliminary release of a significant upgrade to the Wayback web archive replay software that our partners use to access and browse their web archive collections. The new version of Wayback is a complete rebuild of the prior version of the software used by both Archive-It and the many customized access portals that we build and host on behalf of our worldwide users.”

Syracuse University: Libraries Creates Department of Digital Stewardship

Syracuse University: Libraries Creates Department of Digital Stewardship. “Syracuse University Libraries recently created the Department of Digital Stewardship as the next step in the ongoing development of its Digital Library Program. The new department will enhance organizationwide focus on a variety of specialized, digital activities and the necessary infrastructure to ensure persistent access to our unique digital collections.”

Arizona State University: ASU Library awarded $249K digital preservation grant

Arizona State University: ASU Library awarded $249K digital preservation grant. “Stacey Erdman, digital preservation and curation officer and acting digital repository manager for the ASU Library, will serve as the principal investigator of the three-year grant and manager of the multi-organizational project, which will deliver an innovative digital preservation training program to practicing librarians and archivists struggling to provide ongoing care for their digital collections.”

ReviewGeek: Why You Should Regularly Archive Your Social Posts (And How to Do It)

ReviewGeek: Why You Should Regularly Archive Your Social Posts (And How to Do It). “Social networks are a great way to stay connected to friends, family, current events, and everything else. But that doesn’t mean you should leave all of your stuff on this big ol’ internet for everyone to see until the end of time. Nay, you should regularly archive your old posts. Let’s talk about it.”

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.”