Archive for October 19, 2012

Pandora and digital preservation

This week I started learning about Pandora, the National Library of Australia’s web archiving program. I’ve been asked to suggest some websites of South Australian relevance. The quirkier, the better. If you manage a website that you’d like to see nominated for inclusion into Pandora’s archive, then please, just leave a comment here.

There is one thing that I discovered, Facebook has denied any archiving of their pages, which means that there are many community groups who have sites that could be worthy of being preserved by Pandora that will never be able to be archived. That makes me a little sad. I recently read an article by Tom Chatfield called The decaying web and our disappearing history.

Chatfield writes….Few things are more explicitly ephemeral than a Tweet. Yet it’s precisely this kind of ephemeral communication – a comment, a status update, sharing or disseminating a piece of media – that lies at the heart of much of modern history as it unfolds. It’s also a vital contemporary historical record that, unless we’re careful, we risk losing almost before we’ve been able to gauge its importance.

Fortunately Twitter has given Pandora permission to archive from its site, however, permission is still required from the account owner.

How do we preserve digital history when there are so many hurdles?