Web Archiving: “The End of a Blogging Era at Harvard”
As one of the first university-hosted blogging platforms prepares to wind down, concerns arise about the fate of its archives.
Weblogs@Harvard, as it was then known, was considered pioneering. Facebook didn’t yet exist. Social media was in its infancy. And starting a blog usually required some knowledge of code. Harvard’s blogging platform, now known as blogs.harvard.edu, made it easy.
This era of internet history is now coming to an end. The Berkman Klein Center announced last month that it would no longer manage the platform. A new platform will be created and managed by Harvard University’s information technology department. But how much of the old platform’s content will be preserved or transferred to the new platform remains unclear.
A spokeswoman for Harvard said the IT department “is in the process of evaluating the platform for migration,” but she did not clarify what steps, if any, are being taken to archive the platform’s content.
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Note 2: As of today, the Internet Archive has captured 74,211 urls from Blogs.Harvard.edu (Visualization and Data) and 709,235 from blogs.law.harvard.edu (Visualization and Data)
Note: Perhaps the the Internet Archive and/or Jason Scott at the Archive Team can work to make sure all material is properly archived.
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Gary Price (email@example.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.