Clouds and blackberries: how web archives can help us to track the changing meaning of words (Alan Turing Institute)

Alan Turing Institute: Clouds and blackberries: how web archives can help us to track the changing meaning of words. “The meaning of words changes all the time. Think of the word ‘blackberry’, for example, which has been used for centuries to refer to a fruit. In 1999, a new brand of mobile devices was launched with the name BlackBerry. Suddenly, there was a new way of using this old word. ‘Cloud’ is another example of a well-established word whose association with ‘cloud computing’ only emerged in the past couple of decades. Linguists call this phenomenon ‘semantic change’ and have studied its complex mechanisms for a long time. What has changed in recent years is that we now have access to huge collections of data which can be mined to find these changes automatically. Web archives are a great example of such collections, because they contain a record of the changing […]

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.”

Cornell Chronicle: Police union websites preserved by library archive

Cornell Chronicle: Police union websites preserved by library archive. “Spearheaded by the library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives in Catherwood Library, in the ILR School, the Police Unions and Associations archive features a curated collection of 165 public safety organizations’ websites, from the Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement to the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of Black New York City firefighters. Each represents one of four constituencies: labor unions, professional associations, minority law enforcement organizations and police accountability organizations.”

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.”

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.”

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!”

Yale University Library: First endowment for digital preservation spotlights a rising need—and Yale Library expertise

Yale University Library: First endowment for digital preservation spotlights a rising need—and Yale Library expertise. “Library leaders hope the new fund will also draw attention to digital preservation as an area of ongoing need and rising importance. Increasingly, Yale Library collections extend far beyond print books, physical manuscripts and other tangible objects to ‘born-digital’ content created and existing only in digital form. Yet, even as digital content proliferates, its existence is threatened by obsolescent technologies, expensive data storage, and degradation of hardware and software.”

Internet Archive Blog: Early Web Datasets & Researcher Opportunities

Internet Archive Blog: Early Web Datasets & Researcher Opportunities. “In July, we announced our partnership with the Archives Unleashed project as part of our ongoing effort to make new services available for scholars and students to study the archived web…. As part of our partnership, we are releasing a series of publicly available datasets created from archived web collections. Alongside these efforts, the project is also launching a Cohort Program providing funding and technical support for research teams interested in studying web archive collections.”

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.”

Internet Archive: Library Futures: New Nonprofit Launches to Support a Technology-Positive Future for Libraries

Internet Archive: Library Futures: New Nonprofit Launches to Support a Technology-Positive Future for Libraries. “A coalition of advocacy and public interest groups has joined forces to launch the Library Futures Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed to upholding the right of libraries to provide users with materials in the new digital environment. The new organization launched its website on January 25 and will work to empower libraries to fulfill their mission of providing equal and equitable access to culture for the public good.”

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.”

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive. “Amplifying the voices of those fighting against long histories of patriarchal dominance, the South Asian Gender and Sexuality Web Archive documents and preserves the work of activists, grassroots organizations, and social justice movements committed to promoting the visibility and experiences of LGBTQAI+ people and women in South Asia and its diasporas.”