January 25, 2021

Australia: National Library Archives Graffiti Website

From NineMSN:

The National Library has archived a graffiti website because it has social and cultural merit, the Herald Sun reports.

The website boasts it has the nation’s largest online collection of street art photos, with more than 4000 images of graffiti and tags on trains and the streets, many taken in Melbourne.

The newspaper said on Monday the Melbourne graffiti website glorifies illegal tagging and features advice for vandals.

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National Library manager Paul Koerbin said the site was selected for preservation by the State Library of Victoria as part of the national Pandora program to selectively preserve a wide range of websites.

From the Herald Sun Article, “Graffiti site preserved for cultural value”

National Library manager Paul Koerbin said the site was selected for preservation by the State Library of Victoria as part of the national Pandora program to selectively preserve a wide range of websites.

Mr Koerbin said if a website was legal it was eligible for collection and the library did not censor or endorse the contents of sites.

“The reason it would have been selected is that it is a site that documents that activity and the graffiti that’s done in Melbourne and that represents society and culture,” he said.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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