CNN: Parts of Trump NASA pick’s online presence scrubbed. “Social media accounts and postings belonging to President Donald Trump’s nominee to be NASA administrator were deleted this year, a CNN KFile review has found. Radio interviews and videos featuring Trump’s nominee, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, were also removed from public view.”
Destructoid (no, really): One developer is attempting to archive the entirety of Miiverse. “The closure of Miiverse, scheduled for November 8, will result in the sudden, and kinda sad, destruction of thousands of musings, drawings, moments and memes. Gone in the blink of an eye. Or so we think, as app developer ‘Drastic Actions’ is living up to their namesake by creating software that intends to archive every single one of the hundreds of thousands of posts created across the Nintendo online community.”
Times of Israel: Israel Hayom pulls archive after revelations on calls between PM, editor. “Israel Hayom removed its public archive of past editions from the newspaper’s website on Tuesday, amid allegations that phone logs showing calls between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the paper’s editor pointed to the Israeli leader wielding outsize influence over editorial decisions at the free daily….A spokesperson for the newspaper said that the archive was being moved to a new digital system and its removal ‘had nothing to do’ with the publication of the prime minister’s phone log.”
The Verge: Why are some weird Wikipedia pages yanked into oblivion?. “Wikipedia is the web’s most expansive encyclopedia, but the nature of its crowdsourced information makes it prone to vandalism, misinformation, and a deeper question of what truly deserves its own page. Twitter accounts like @DeletedWiki memorialize these dead pages by tweeting out titles hourly, and it’s easy to understand why they’ve been sent off to the big information dump in the sky.”
USDA: USDA Rolls Out New APHIS Compliance Database and Search Tool . “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is pleased to announce the rollout of the refined public search tool that provides access to Animal Welfare Act compliance records. The public search tool is a component of the Animal Care Information System (ACIS) and will allow APHIS to make animal welfare information publicly available and ensure compliance with all applicable laws*.”
Sunlight Foundation: What we’ve learned about the Trump administration’s changes to government websites won’t shock you. “Over the past seven months, we’ve seen changes to federal agency websites, including at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of the Interior, and the State Department, as well as changes to the White House’s website. These updates include changes to websites that provide educational information, insight into the obligations and past actions of agencies, plans and work toward upcoming policy, and access to and context for government documents. These sites have spanned topics like climate change, renewable energy, fossil fuels, clean water, agriculture, animal welfare, and general science policy.”
National Library of New Zealand: Collecting social media a bite at a time. “New Zealanders are discussing important issues on social media. We want to ensure that the issues that are important to us today are documented and preserved for the future.” Interesting series.