British Library UK Web Archive Blog: UK Web Archive Technical Update – Autumn 2023

British Library UK Web Archive Blog: UK Web Archive Technical Update – Autumn 2023. “The most important achievement over the last quarter has been establishing a replica of the UK Web Archive holdings at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). The five servers we’d filled with data were shipped, and our NLS colleagues kindly unpacked and installed them. We visited a few weeks later, finishing off the configuration of the servers so they can be monitored by the NLS staff and remotely managed by us.”

Washington University in St. Louis: New Grant to Preserve Born-Digital Poetry

Washington University in St. Louis: New Grant to Preserve Born-Digital Poetry. “The Washington University Libraries were awarded a two-year grant by the Mellon Foundation to support an exploration of essential questions surrounding the acquisition, discoverability, preservation, and use of born-digital poetry collections. The $250,000 award will enable the University Libraries to develop online resources and systems to process, preserve, and steward the collections of a new generation of digital-native poets.”

Hagerty Media: The last Jaguar V-8 will live forever—in a library

Hagerty Media: The last Jaguar V-8 will live forever—in a library. “It won’t be long before every Jaguar will be powered by near-silent electricity, but the brand’s most glorious gas-guzzling legacy is to be saved forever—or at least the sound of it is. Jaguar has recorded the roar of the very last F-Type 75 R and submitted it to the British Library in London to be stored where it will ‘enable people worldwide—and for all time—to enjoy the sounds of the last combustion-engine Jaguar sports car.’”

British Library UK Web Archive Blog: UK Web Archive Technical Update – Summer 2023

British Library UK Web Archive Blog: UK Web Archive Technical Update – Summer 2023. “At the end of the last quarter, we launched the 2023 Domain Crawl. This started well (as described in the 2023 Q1 report) but a few days later it became clear the crawl was going a bit too well. We were collecting so quickly, we started to run out of space on the temporary store we use as a buffer for incoming content. The full story of how we responded to this situation is quite complicated, so I wrote up the detailed analysis in a separate blog post. But in short, we took the opportunity to move to a faster transfer process and switch to a widely-used open source tool called Rclone.”

British Library UK Web Archive Blog: RESAW 2023 Conference Report from the UK Web Archive

British Library UK Web Archive Blog: RESAW 2023 Conference Report from the UK Web Archive. “2023 was the fifth RESAW conference. RESAW stands for Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials. It was established in 2012, aims to promote a collaborative European research infrastructure for the study of archived web materials and holds a conference every two years. The 2023 conference was held in Marseille from June 5-6 under the theme ‘Exploring the Archived Web During a Highly Transformative Age’.”

Save game history: Japan preserves its cartridge-bound treasures (Nikkei Asia)

Nikkei Asia: Save game history: Japan preserves its cartridge-bound treasures. “Japan is mounting a rescue operation for early video game copies, some from the 1980s, as more of these pieces of pop history give way to corrosion. The operation is being handled by Japan’s National Diet Library, which has long preserved books, magazines, vinyl records and other forms of artistic expression. Now, finally, it has gotten around to digitizing old treasures that decades ago helped Japan start spreading its soft power around the world.”

British Library: Regal Reflections: Exploring a New UK Web Archive Collection on King Charles III

British Library: Regal Reflections: Exploring a New UK Web Archive Collection on King Charles III. “As we bear witness to a new era of the British monarchy and reflect on its role within the UK, the UK Web Archive is recording and preserving this momentous occasion by capturing websites in a special collection about King Charles III. Work started in earnest on this collection on 8th September 2022 when the late Queen, Elizabeth II, passed away and Charles became King, however, it also forms part of a larger series of collections about the British monarchy in the early 21st Century, curated by staff in the UK Legal Deposit Libraries.”

PetaPixel: To Save its Content, Archive Team is Attempting to Back Up All of DPReview

PetaPixel: To Save its Content, Archive Team is Attempting to Back Up All of DPReview. “Following yesterday’s news that DPReview is shutting down, photographers around the web began wondering what would happen to its huge library of articles, reviews, and camera test images, including the website’s excellent studio shot comparison tool. Archive Team aims to scrape more than 4 million articles and posts within the next three weeks.”

Smithsonian: Cooper Hewitt Announces Formal Establishment of Digital Curatorial Department

Smithsonian: Cooper Hewitt Announces Formal Establishment of Digital Curatorial Department. “Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum today announced the formal establishment of the Digital curatorial department, which will collect and care for born-digital work. This new collecting department will be led by Andrea Lipps, the founding head of digital, who will frame, build and manage the digital collection and its stewardship.”

National Library of Spain: The BNE and the Euskadi Digital Library collaborate to save the .eus domain

National Library of Spain and Google-translated from Spanish: The BNE and the Euskadi Digital Library collaborate to save the .eus domain. “Thanks to the collaboration between the Digital Library of the Basque Country and the National Library of Spain, the .eus domain, a benchmark for Basque culture and language on the Internet, has been saved for the first time for its preservation…. Addressing the .eus domain in its entirety is a complex technical challenge, which involves saving more than 13,000 domains. Each domain has been saved with a size limit of 150 MB and a total of 730 GB of information has been stored.”

National Library of the Netherlands: KB launches Religion and Philosophy of Life web collection

This is from last November but I just found out about it and it’s too good to miss. From the National Library of the Netherlands: KB launches Religion and Philosophy of Life web collection. “The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) has launched a new web collection: Religion and Philosophy of Life. In it you will find 580 websites about religion, spirituality and philosophy of life, or how people view life. It is the largest Dutch web collection on this subject.”

German National Library: Archiving German-language Twitter – We Need You!

German National Library: Archiving German-language Twitter – We Need You!. “…an initiative launched by the Science Data Center for Literature and the German National Library on 20 February 2023 is calling for a concerted effort to download as many German-language Tweets as possible from the Twitter archive. The German National Library is making archive servers available to facilitate permanent storage.”