May 17, 2022

Archiving and Preserving Social Media: Report About “Documenting the Now” Project Airs on Australian Radio

From the Australian Broadcasting Company:

Documenting the Now is a joint initiative between three institutions: Washington University, where Mr [Ed] Summers works as a researcher, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Maryland.

Mr Summers admits it’s a “work in progress”, as archivists and activists struggle with the complexity of big data. One of the core issues, he says, is gaining consent. Many people who use a service like Twitter don’t want their comments to last, and Mr Summers says it’s important not to disrespect that.

“There are expectations that perhaps tweets will not last a long time,” he says.

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See Also: Listen Online: Public Radio Program Looks at Digital Preservation Issues (From St. Louis Public Radio; August 5, 2017)

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