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I have a confession to make. There are several phobias I have.

Last night @sonjabarfoed dared me to write a blog post about one of them, so here it is.

I have an intense dislike of…





The risk of some man’s beard hair falling in my open mouth and me choking on it, or god forbid, SWALLOWING IT is too revolting to contemplate. There is no way that you will EVER get me to make an appointment with a dentist with a beard.

When I moved to Wagga Wagga, I called around the dental surgeries there and asked if they had dentists with beards. Seriously.

Sydney Long at the NGA

If it wasn’t for the fact that my lovely friend Sonja has a new job as a librarian at the National Gallery of Australia, I wouldn’t know that there was a Sydney Long exhibition on at the NGA.

When we received our itinerary for the Human Brochure the other day, I was pretty excited to notice that we have a couple of hours free on the Saturday afternoon, hopefully giving me time to have a good catch up with Sonja as it’s been quite some time since we last saw each other.

It was her lovely signature banner that caught my eye. So I must squeeze in this exhibition somewhere too. Friday afternoon?

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?