…there’s word that the Library of Alexandria is creating an archive of the transformation of Egypt, “collecting flyers, official documents, videos and so on.” But one suspects that projects native to the web will have an easier time finding and preserving all that went on at YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, blog posts and on other social media sites. And luckily, there are a few of those.
CitizenTube has been curating videos of all the Middle East and North African protests. For Egypt, they have dozens and dozens of raw clips from the fight for the country. CitizenTube is a joint project of YouTube and a new journalistic project called Storyful, founded by Irish journalist Mark Little.
18 Days in Egypt aims to be a crowd-sourced documentary about what happened there. Launched just a week ago by former New York Times video journalist and current Knight fellow at Stanford University, Jigar Mehta, the site wants to tackle the difficult task of providing the right context for the raw videos and news that others have posted and collected.
To start the effort, they’re working on scraping posts to Flickr, YouTube and Twitter that are tagged #18daysinEgypt.
"Preserving the Online Legacy of the Egyptian Revolution"
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