News article with some screenshots of the first Norwegian newspapers online.
So what does the Library of Congress think is worth saving? Here are the portions of today’s web your grandchildren will be able to access through the Library of Congress:
1. Twitter feeds—all of them [...]
2. National Election Candidates’ Internet Presences [...]
3. Facebook Pages—A Selective Few [...]
4. Notable Historical Events [...]
5. News Sites That Give Permission
Unlike libraries in some other countries, the Library of Congress has no legal mandate to preserve the web. Therefore, the web archive team can’t collect everything they would like to without asking permission. Because news sites and blogs earn money on their content, the Library needs to get consent before it includes their pages in the archives.
Grotke says that few news organizations that the web archive team contacts for permission ever respond, which means that not much of the content in the web archives comes from news sites.
James Murdoch dislikes British Library’s newspaper scanning:
“This is not simply being done for posterity, nor to make free access for library users easier, but also for commercial gain via a paid?for website.
The move is strongly opposed by major publishers. If it goes ahead, free content would not only be justification for more funding, but actually become a source of funds for a public body.
We’re very concerned about some of the approaches that are being taken.”
"The British Library is to digitise up to 40m newspaper pages and then make them available online. They will include papers – local, regional and national – dating back to the early 1700s.
The vast majority of the library's 750m pages of newspapers — the largest collection in the world — are currently available only on microfilm or bound in bulky volumes.
The library said it would focus initially on digitising papers that document historical events in the 19th century, such as the Crimean War, the Boer War and the suffragette movement.
The cost of the 10-year project – to be carried out by online publisher Brightsolid – is not clear, but Sanderson said the process — from cleaning a single page to making a file of it — costs up to £1."
"The Press Association has launched an online video archive containing more than 40,000 news clips.
The file-based service includes raw video in addition to pre-packaged voiced news stories.
Tony Watson, managing director of the Press Association, said: "The Press Association prides itself on providing fast, fair and accurate coverage of news from every corner of the UK, and this is reflected in the depth and quality of our archive.
"This is an exciting new service which we believe will be of enormous value to a diverse range of clients for use across a wide variety of platforms.""
"Yet if journalism is the first draft of history, even lifestyle journalism such as feminism quizzes, it is wrong to deny that an editor thought it was a good idea to publish something, even if they later change their mind. Removing articles not only shows a lack of support for contributors, but allows readers, even casual readers who come across an article by chance or tweet, to rewrite that history, and adds to the dangerous idea that editors are becoming surplus to requirements.
While we may take on board readers' views for future issues, we must be prepared to stand by and explain our editorial decisions in the light of comment, with removal of content a last resort."
Congress to archive every tweet ever posted publicly – BBC News
Twitter's general counsel, Alex MacGillivray:
""This project however is not about us, it is about our users and the fact they use the service to chronicle these amazing events. President Obama actually tweeted after he was elected. That is a big deal and it's something he did.
"It is not something we imagined when we were forming the service," Mr MacGillivray told BBC News."
"As a historian you will be able to look back at that and understand what people felt. The same with the healthcare legislation that recently passed. You can look back and say what where people talking about and have those views changed over time? We think that will be really useful.""
This will be a fantastic resource for journalism and communication scholars.
Prototype: BBC Archiver – Backstage.bbc.co.uk blog
Fantastic web archiving prototype by James Holden. Based on BBC home page and main news page, this proof of concept is simply excellent. In his own words:
"In my head I'd see this as being the ultimate tool for archive.org. If you go "way back" using their tool you can see that resources are missing and indeed as the browser changes rapidly the result you see in newer browsers doesn't represent the look and feel the user got at the time which is an important point if you trying to look back at the way it was. Loading Netscape.com in Mosaic back in the mid 90's would have been an altogether different experience than in today's "Chrome's and Firefox's""
Link and quote courtesy of Ian Forrester and Backstage blog.
The Straight Choice | The election leaflet project
Live Election Leaflet Monitoring Project:
"Election leaflets are one of the main weapons in the fight for votes in the UK.
They are targeted, effective and sometimes very bitter. We need your help to photograph and map them so we can keep an eye on what the parties are up to, and try to keep them honest."
Excellent resource for researching political campaigning, but also valuable historic record of campaign material.