Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Celebrating Knowledge Conference - Day 2: The Recent Developments in Web Archiving Technologies

I was late for Dr Paul HJ Wu's presentation on "Recent Developments in Web Archiving Technologies". Dr Wu is a Senior Fellow from the Division of Information Studies, School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University.

My notes from the presentation (words in square paranthesis [ ] are mine. Any inaccuracies in the recording or interpretation are my own):
  • Dr Wu briefly explained the possible issues in web archiving, like Copyright, Defamation, Content liability, Data protection.
  • The next part of his presentation talked about using a "weblog-like publishing platform" for web archival.
  • Said that blogs should not be "stereotyped", and that blogs preserve context very well because the blogposts are written in relation to specific entries. The blogging platform is structured and with a built-in archival capability. One could trace back why the author said something in the post.
  • He feels blogs are a natural tool & resource for web archival and for digital & cultural preservation. Weblogs can be used to capture cultural discourse from all levels.

Some useful web references from his paper:

Pew Internet & American Life Project. Reports: Online activities & pursuits www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/113/report_display.asp

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A Continuum of Responsibility (Sue McKemmish)

Nationnal Archives (UK) on Records Management

State of the Blogosphere, August 2005, Part 1: Blog Growth (Dave Sifry)

The History of Weblogs (Dave Winer)


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