Internet is Not a Reliable Archive, Dutch Organisations Warn at UNESCO PERSIST Project Meeting
Internet may appear to be a massive online archive but in fact much information is being lost, Dutch organisations attending a UNESCO conference in Paris say.
In particular, social media commentary, which says a great deal about trends in society and news events, will probably not be available for historic research in the future, the organisations warn in Tuesday’s Volkskrant.”
We are emerging from the digital dark ages,’ Marcel Ras, programme manager of the national digital sustainability coalition [Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD)] says. ‘Much of the information from the early days of internet has gone for ever.
We are happy if we find a diary from the Dutch golden age but today’s diaries – Twitter and Facebook – are the heritage of the future. However, no one is taking responsibility for this,’ said University of Amsterdam researcher Julia Noordegraaf [Professor of Digital Heritage].
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Note: The Volksrant article (in Dutch) has a bit more including a mention of the Internet Archive. Here’s a mechanical translation of the article (caveat) into English using Google Translate.
See Also: Learn About the UNESCO Event Where Comments Were Made: Consultative Meeting of Experts on the UNESCO Persist Project
See Also: Learn More About UNESCO PERSIST Project (Info Sustainability)
Includes position paper and roadmap.
See Also: Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation
See Also: Learn About CLICKNL Project
See Also: Fundamental Principles of Digitization of Documentary Heritage (via UNESCO)
Includes a chart that might be of interest to some readers.
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