Why Web Archiving?: A Conversation with Web Archivists and Researchers (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: Why Web Archiving?: A Conversation with Web Archivists and Researchers. “On May 23, the Library of Congress hosted ‘#WhyWebArchiving: Preserving Internet Content for Research Use,’ a virtual event that brought together Library subject experts actively involved in building web archives with researchers that have utilized the Library’s web archives in their work…. A video recording of the panel is now available online, and you can also read about some of the highlights here.”

UK Web Archive Blog: What UKWA did at the IIPC Web Archive Conference 2022

UK Web Archive Blog: What UKWA did at the IIPC Web Archive Conference 2022. “Between the 18 and 25 May 2022, we had the biggest annual event in the world of web archiving – The IIPC General Assembly and Web Archive Conference. Some of the sessions were for members only but many were free and open for anyone to attend. Here are the UKWA staff and research partners who gave presentations at the conference with links to their pre-recorded talks that have been uploaded to our YouTube channel.”

PC Gamer: The Embracer Group is now collecting historical games in addition to developers

PC Gamer: The Embracer Group is now collecting historical games in addition to developers. “The Embracer Group, a massive conglomerate formerly known as THQ Nordic AB, has recently announced a game preservation initiative called the Embracer Games Archive(opens in new tab) with the stated goal to ‘archive and save as much of the videogames industry as possible.’”

Brown University: Brown University Library Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Create New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art

Brown University: Brown University Library Awarded Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Create New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art. “Brown University Library has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support ‘New Frameworks to Preserve and Publish Born-Digital Art.’ This project will develop new frameworks for the long-term preservation and presentation of born-digital art.”

Library of Congress: Registration Now Open for IIPC’s 2022 Web Archiving Conference

Library of Congress: Registration Now Open for IIPC’s 2022 Web Archiving Conference. “We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2022 Web Archiving Conference! The event, which the Library of Congress is hosting in partnership with the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) will be held virtually on May 23-25, 2022. The conference is free and open to everyone with an interest in web archiving, but space is limited so we recommend registering now to reserve your spot.”

Lieber Institute West Point: Ukraine Symposium – The Ukraine Conflict And The Future Of Digital Cultural Property

Lieber Institute West Point: Ukraine Symposium – The Ukraine Conflict And The Future Of Digital Cultural Property. “Various international instruments explicitly provide for the protection of cultural property in armed conflict. As conceived, the law was formulated to protect physical works from damage or destruction in war. Events in Ukraine, however, have demonstrated that armed conflict can endanger digital material as well. Some digital creations might even qualify as a digital form of cultural property—that is, digital cultural property. Given the growing prevalence of digital material and the threat posed to all forms of cultural works in war, how should States approach their legal obligation to protect digital cultural property in the event of armed conflict?”

CNET: PlayStation Is Apparently Getting Serious About Its Retro Library

CNET: PlayStation Is Apparently Getting Serious About Its Retro Library. “As PlayStation prepares to make hundreds of classic games playable on PS5 via its upgraded PlayStation Plus this summer, it’s seemingly taking steps to conserve its retro library. The Sony-owned video game giant formed a new preservation team, as revealed by a new hire’s LinkedIn and Twitter posts.”

Grand Valley Lanthorn: GV alum and current NYU librarian working to preserve the dynamic web

Grand Valley Lanthorn: GV alum and current NYU librarian working to preserve the dynamic web. “Grand Valley State University alum and current New York University Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture and Communication, Katy Boss, is working with a team dedicated to preserving the dynamic web. Boss, along with co-principal investigator Vicky Rampin and lead developers Remi Rampin and Ilya Kreymer, is developing a tool called ReproZip-Web that preserves dynamic web apps and websites. ReproZip-Web is an open-source program that bundles together all the files necessary to run dynamic web apps and saves them as a downloadable .rpz file.”

The Verge: Inside The Fight To Save Video Game History

The Verge: Inside The Fight To Save Video Game History. “As games age and as companies continue to remove the means to properly purchase and download them, people are looking at other, less than legitimate options to continue to play the games they enjoy. It’s created tension between players and companies. While it’s unrealistic to expect publishers to maintain their prolific libraries in perpetuity, it’s also not ideal that large swathes of games can, at any time, just disappear on the whims of the store operator. So how can we ensure that older games can be enjoyed by future generations without the expense of maintaining aging digital infrastructure or violating existing copyright laws? Video game preservationists are doing the work at the intersection between these two points.”

Common Dreams: Shuttering EPA’s Online Archive Is a Grave Disservice to the Public

Common Dreams: Shuttering EPA’s Online Archive Is a Grave Disservice to the Public. “The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will be discontinuing its online archive in July 2022. This means the public will lose access to tens of thousands of web resources. These resources convey information about critical environmental issues, and past and present agency activities, policies, and priorities. All of these resources are publicly funded and intended for public consumption, but the public will no longer be able to access them.”

Marketplace: Digital archivists race to preserve Ukrainian heritage

Marketplace: Digital archivists race to preserve Ukrainian heritage. “Some Ukrainian museum websites have gone offline as the servers hosting them lose connections or are destroyed in attacks. To prevent that information and cultural memory from disappearing entirely, around 1,000 archivists, programmers and librarians have volunteered to form a group called Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online or SUCHO.”

Bellingcat: How to Archive Telegram Content to Document Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Bellingcat: How to Archive Telegram Content to Document Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine. “Archiving content from the ground ensures it can still be used by researchers if a user deletes a post, if a channel is removed, or if an entire platform becomes inaccessible. For any type of internet content, links stop working over time, a phenomenon known as ‘link rot.’ Archiving content can preserve it for years.”

Motherboard: Ukrainian Websites Are Going Dark. Archivists Are Trying to Save Them.

Motherboard: Ukrainian Websites Are Going Dark. Archivists Are Trying to Save Them.. “Russia has launched an unprecedented number of cyberattacks on Ukraine since 2014, and now that the invasion is underway, some fear a digital doomsday is imminent. With Vladimir Putin vowing to enact regime change in Ukraine, there’s fear that if he is successful, Ukrainian government and cultural websites could be lost forever. In response, archivists around the world have begun attempting to preserve Ukraine’s internet, dedicating bandwidth and disk space to archive the country’s digital history.”