Non-physical resources acquitions

Notes on digital preservation and Jason Scott’s JCDL keynote  November 29, 2016 – 06:56 pm
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I was fortunate to be able to spend some time in Washington, D.C., for the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2012) last week. I went as part of a group from the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship at GSLIS, where I currently work on the DH Curation Guide. The attendees were a diverse bunch: many from libraries, many from computer science, and many international.

The three keynote speakers were my favorite part of the proceedings. Jason Scott, the first, is a historian of the internet and an advocate for large-scale web preservation on behalf of web users. He coordinates the Archive Team and runs textfiles.com, which I’d just stumbled across a few months ago. His talk, entitled “All You Cared about Is Gone and All Your Friends Are Dead: The Fun Frolic of Preservation Activism, ” was the first talk of the conference. Two points stuck with me:

  • Mass deletion of people’s web content should be a bigger deal. Millions of web users have made websites using services like Geocities or AOL Hometown that were later shut down entirely for business reasons. But the millions of users’ websites are “data that are not just business [or disposable kilobytes to a corporation], but data that

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