Survey Finds That Libraries Are Interested in Collaborating on Online Projects, but Don't Do It Yet
Neatline helps Map New World of Digital Humanities Scholarship
Internet Memory Foundation
Many people might wonder: "Who is keeping track of old webpages?" It is a question that fascinates many information science specialists, policy types, and those with a penchant for the history of technology. Recently the "Babbage" column in The Economist took a look around to explore the history of that august publication's own webpages. As it turns out, their first website went live in early 1994, and it cost a mere $120. The piece goes on to note that no screen shots actually exist of the world's first web page, which went online on August 6, 1991. Of course, there are many worthy projects that serve to document the early days of the Internet, such as the well-known and rather fun Wayback Machine. It was founded by Brewster Kahle, and it allows users to view the library's archived webpages as they appeared when first published online. On a related note, a recent post on The Atlantic's homepage remarked that while 96% of all libraries surveyed by the Library of Congress wanted to be involved in various web archiving projects, only 23% were actually doing it. Many organizations have some type of archiving project for formal documents, but they lag behind when it comes to archiving social media activities, such as Twitter or Facebook posts.
The first link will take visitors to the very fine piece from The Economist which peers into that magazine's early online presence. The second link leads to the aforementioned piece by Robinson Meyer from The Atlantic which reports on collaborations between libraries. Moving on, the third link leads to a story from the University of Virginia about the new Neatline project, which allows interested parties to "merge maps, timelines, archives, and artifacts to create online narratives" for free. The fourth link will take users to the homepage of Neatline. Here they can view sample projects and download the software for their own use. The fifth link will whisk visitors to the homepage of the most remarkable Internet Archive, which contains digitized medieval manuscripts, Grateful Dead shows, and curious industrial films. The final link leads to the homepage of the Internet Memory Foundation, which "actively supports the preservation of the Internet as a new media for heritage and cultural purpose."