The Standard (Hong Kong): RTHK plan to delete content spurs online push

The Standard (Hong Kong): RTHK plan to delete content spurs online push. “People online are discussing plans to back up [Radio Television Hong Kong] programs after the public broadcaster said it will delete content that is more than a year old from its YouTube and Facebook. They called on others to download their favorite RTHK programs and reupload them to another platform, with some even providing step-by-step tutorials teaching others how to download programs from YouTube.”

South Africa: Drones Deployed to Assess Cape Fire Losses (AllAfrica)

AllAfrica: South Africa: Drones Deployed to Assess Cape Fire Losses. “INSURANCE companies are deploying drones to inspect and quantify fire damage at the University of Cape Town (UCT). They have sought the assistance of leading legal operator, UAV Industries, a UCT alumni owned and managed company, to inspect the total value of the loss. Commercial drone pilots are conducting a 3D survey of all damaged structures using HD and thermal photogrammetry, an application whereby drones capture a large number of high-resolution photos over a specific area.”

Getty: Inside the Yearlong Deep-Clean of the Getty Museum

Getty: Inside the Yearlong Deep-Clean of the Getty Museum. “When the Getty Center reopens, visitors will wander through galleries that have been painstakingly cleaned, rid of any insects, and treated to head off future pest activity. The process took months of deinstalling artworks and methodically cleaning them and the surrounding galleries. The pandemic offered a rare opportunity to work uninterrupted in the galleries for months at a time—an undertaking that would have been difficult if the museum was open to the public.”

Gizmodo: We’re Archiving Yahoo Answers So You’ll Always Know How Babby Is Formed

Gizmodo: We’re Archiving Yahoo Answers So You’ll Always Know How Babby Is Formed. “With the help of the Internet Archive—and a little bit of code—we set up a script to auto-archive as many of the roughly 84 million submitted questions that we were able to find using the ‘sitemap’ file for the Yahoo Answers site. These sorts of files are typically included as a way to help search engines index different pages so that people looking for answers will have a particular Yahoo Answers page crop up.”

ABC News (Australia): National Archives of Australia warns historial recordings, films and images could soon be lost

ABC News (Australia): National Archives of Australia warns historial recordings, films and images could soon be lost . “While the National Archives has long warned that its collection was at risk, it’s the first time it has detailed specific items that could disappear, including recordings from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, ASIO surveillance footage and original films of early Australian Antarctic research expeditions.”

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control. “Ujala Satgoor, executive director of UCT Libraries, described how ‘some of us watched, from on-site, with horror and helplessness’ as the building burned…. The library houses printed and audiovisual materials on African studies; 1,300 sub-collections of unique manuscripts and personal papers; and more than 85,000 books and pamphlets on African studies, including up-to-date materials and works on Africa and South Africa printed before 1925, according to the UCT website.”

Watch | Cape Town fire: Dreadful scenes as UCT Library goes up in flames (The South African)

A million thanks to Mandy W. for bringing this to my attention. The South African: Watch | Cape Town fire: Dreadful scenes as UCT Library goes up in flames. “Well, this is just utterly devastating: Hundreds of years of history has gone up in smoke on Sunday, as the Cape Town fire ripped its way through campus – and set the UCT Library ablaze. Students were evacuated from their Halls of Residence earlier on Sunday, after the inferno made its way from Table Mountain, through Devil’s Peak, and into Newlands. …Precious archives, historic texts, and collections of African Studies are all in jeopardy this afternoon. The UCT Library is home to some classic publications, and has a long-standing history as an extraordinary hub for higher education.”

Seattle Times: Sale of National Archives in Seattle halted by Biden administration

Seattle Times: Sale of National Archives in Seattle halted by Biden administration. “The impending sale of the National Archives at Seattle has been stopped by the Biden administration. On Thursday, the Office of Management and Budget, which administers the federal budget and had approved the sale of the 10-acre Sand Point facility during the Trump administration, reversed course.”

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group: Russia blocks military archives in further effort to distort the truth about World War II

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group: Russia blocks military archives in further effort to distort the truth about World War II. “Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu has issued orders which effectively block almost all access to Russian military archives from the period of the Second World War. The move is especially alarming given the current regime’s systematic attempts to push its own narrative about that period, distorting or muffling historical facts, for example, about the Soviet Union’s collaboration with Nazi Germany from 1939 to June 1941.”

MYNorthwest: Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility

MYNorthwest: Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility. “The long battle to save the endangered Seattle branch of the National Archives has now been officially joined by a group of federal lawmakers from the Pacific Northwest. On Wednesday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the awkwardly, yet somewhat cleverly named ‘Assuring Regular Consultation to Have Indigenous Voices Effectively Solicited Act’ – or ‘ARCHIVES Act’ for short – to retroactively amend the original FASTA legislation. FASTA is an Obama-era law that was used by an obscure federal agency to target the Seattle facility, and other valuable federal real estate, for closure and rapid sale.”

The Guardian: Australian archives agency is allowing ‘national treasures’ to deteriorate, internal review finds

The Guardian: Australian archives agency is allowing ‘national treasures’ to deteriorate, internal review finds. “The funding-starved National Archives of Australia is allowing documents to deteriorate, potentially against its legal obligations, and is struggling to meet its mandate to preserve government records and make them public, a damning review has found.”

WKRN: Tennessee Tech archivists reuniting tornado survivors with precious memories

WKRN: Tennessee Tech archivists reuniting tornado survivors with precious memories. “A group at Tennessee Tech University is connecting tornado survivors with personal belongings they lost in the devastation. The project started just days after an EF4 tornado touched down in Cookeville. Thousands of precious memories were lost, but Archivist Megan Atkinson is making sure they’re found.”