New York Post: How Dallas homemaker Mary Ferrell became main collector of JFK assassination records

New York Post: How Dallas homemaker Mary Ferrell became main collector of JFK assassination records. “Ferrell became so influential in the community of JFK historians that two years before her death in 2004, a Boston-based financier started a non-profit to digitize her trove of documents. Now based in Ipswich, Mass., the Mary Ferrell Foundation Inc has sued the federal government to obtain classified documents related to Kennedy’s death.”

It’s Nice That: Đức Lương’s archive commemorates the golden era of Vietnamese postage stamps

It’s Nice That: Đức Lương’s archive commemorates the golden era of Vietnamese postage stamps. “For illustrator Đức Lương, also known as Luongdoo, building an archive of Vietnamese stamps and letters was not simply a whimsical idea. He felt compelled to document the rich visual history of Vietnam through these small prints. ‘Before the time of the Internet, a place on a stamp would have piqued the curiosity of the person holding it,’ he says. Today, Đức’s archival project Bưu Hoa Việt Nam is replete with vibrant little rectangular stamps tenderly curated to rekindle that curiosity.”

Cairo Scene: The Arab Kissing Archive Reclaims On-screen Intimacy In Arab Film

Cairo Scene: The Arab Kissing Archive Reclaims On-screen Intimacy In Arab Film. “The Instagram account acts as a digital archive, posting snippets of kissing scenes from films made all over the Arab world, documenting titles, actors and filmmakers in the process. The project began in January 2022, with the anonymous founders amassing a dedicated Instagram following and a feed of Arab cinema’s remarkable pecks and smooches while reclaiming a cinematic narrative that is often forgotten.”

Ars Technica: How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future

Ars Technica: How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future. “While Nintendo, the games’ publisher, hasn’t worked to make older Pokémon games accessible on modern hardware—or affordable on older gear—a certain demographic of dedicated fans has taken it upon themselves to not just preserve legacy Pokémon titles but to actively improve them. These volunteer ROM hackers and preservationists work to keep the passions of an aging generation of Pokémon masters alive, all while fighting occasionally brutal legal crackdowns from Nintendo.”

Astana Times: Women of Kazakhstan Virtual Museum Celebrates Overlooked Kazakh Women in Arts and Culture

Astana Times: Women of Kazakhstan Virtual Museum Celebrates Overlooked Kazakh Women in Arts and Culture. “The Women of Kazakhstan project is the first virtual museum exploring the history and accomplishments of Kazakh women undertaken as part of an effort to broaden the picture of women’s important, yet historically overlooked roles in driving the cultural and historical changes in Kazakhstan.”

40 thousand gigabytes: An archive of Assad’s war crimes in Syria (TRT World)

TRT World: 40 thousand gigabytes: An archive of Assad’s war crimes in Syria. “Tamer Turkmani stares at his laptop screen for hours every day. A Syrian national, Turkmani has been collecting photographic and video evidence of people who have been killed in the course of the Syrian civil war. Turkmani’s goal is to maintain a digital archive of the victims who have been shot dead by the troops loyal to Bashar al Assad.”

Fashionista: The Internet’s Favorite Fashion Archivist Has Aspirations Beyond the Feed

Fashionista: The Internet’s Favorite Fashion Archivist Has Aspirations Beyond the Feed. “The popularity of archival accounts reflects a really ‘zeitgeisty’ moment in fashion where vintage is king and spotting a reference is a form of cultural currency. Accounts like [Kim] Russell’s have turned archives into open access platforms that allow fans to engage with images or garments that previously required a more rigorous search to accurately ID a piece. Her work is a starting point for anyone who wants to explore vintage, but still leaves room for the audience to engage with the content on their terms.”

The Conversation: The Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing – and you can help

The Conversation: The Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing – and you can help. “You may not realize portions of the internet are constantly disappearing. As librarians and archivists, we strengthen collective memory by preserving materials that document the cultural heritage of society, including on the web. You can help us save the internet, too, as a citizen archivist.”

Archives Jackpot: Citizen Archivist Contributions Top One Million (NARA)

National Archives: Archives Jackpot: Citizen Archivist Contributions Top One Million. “The Citizen Archivists who tag, transcribe, and comment in the National Archives Catalog recently achieved a milestone: their contributions have now enhanced more than one million pages of records. The community-sourced project witnessed a surge in contributions this fiscal year, then got an additional boost from the public and from National Archives staff, when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted increased telework for the agency and across the United States, beginning in March.”

Nieman Journalism Lab: Local public meetings are a scrape and a tap away, on City Bureau’s Documenters tool

Nieman Journalism Lab: Local public meetings are a scrape and a tap away, on City Bureau’s Documenters tool. “Public meetings — now there’s an app for that. We’ve seen relationships between news organizations and news consumers expand from tossing in a few bucks for a subscription to chipping in a few more for the journalistic mission to even volunteering their services in support of the news cause. City Bureau’s Documenters program has taken another tack, coaching and paying $15/hour to residents to attend and record notes from public meetings to build a stronger public record — and asking volunteer civic coders to help construct its scraping system. Now its tool for scraping, tracking, and documenting meetings is centralized and accessible for anyone else who wants to use it — but the journalists are still trying to figure out the best way to incorporate it into newsroom workflows.”

NARA: Citizen Archivists Help Make Access Happen, One Scanned Record at a Time

NARA: Citizen Archivists Help Make Access Happen, One Scanned Record at a Time. “Citizen Archivists recently helped the National Archives and Records Administration reach a new milestone, collectively scanning their 300,000th page for inclusion in the National Archives Catalog. It’s all part of an agency-wide effort to make more records publicly accessible online.”