"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.