I&A Research Teams are groups of dedicated volunteers who monitor breaking news and delve into ongoing topics affecting archives and the archival profession. Under the leadership of the I&A Steering Committee, the Research Teams compile their findings into Research Posts. Each post offers a summary and coverage of an issue. This post, part two of a two-part series, comes from the General News Media Research Team, which monitors the news for issues affecting archivists and archives.
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In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed digital, social media, and other online materials that can be collected to form archives. Forming bodies of these digital artifacts carries legal consequences and privacy issues for the folks whose information is collected, but such work also has issues around narrative and interpretation. Below are two lists: one is a list of projects and tools that use social media and online materials in documenting history, and the other is a bibliography where the work as well as its related issues are discussed.
Projects and tools
- A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland. Digital repository that “collects, preserves, and shares the stories, memories, and accounts of police violence as experienced or observed by Cleveland citizens.” Partnership between Cleveland residents and professional archivists.
- Baltimore Uprising 2015 Archive Project. Digital repository “that seeks to preserve and make accessible original content that was captured and created by individual community members, grassroots organizations, and witnesses to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015.” This is a collaborative project of Maryland Historical Society, university faculty, museums and community orgs.
- DocNow. “Tool and a community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content.”
- Documenting Ferguson. Project of Washington University St. Louis. “Freely available resource that seeks to preserve and make accessible the digital media captured and created by community members following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014.”
- Internet Archive collections
“Free, mobile, and open source platform built with indigenous communities to manage and share digital cultural heritage.”
- Trump Protest Archive. “Self funded digital repository, collecting [photographs of] items of material culture from protest events relating to the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump and the early part of his administration.”
- Witness. “WITNESS trains and supports activists and citizens around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to expose human rights abuse and fight for human rights change.”
List of further readings
- Ashenfelder, Mike. “Activist Archivists and Digital Preservation | The Signal.” Webpage, October 1, 2012. https://blogs.loc.gov/thesignal/2012/10/activist-archivists-and-digital-preservation/
- Dash, Anil. “What Is Public? — The Message.” Medium, July 24, 2014. https://medium.com/message/what-is-public-f33b16d780f9#.a41l7wva1
- DM, Alexandra. “Design for Social Good.” Documenting DocNow, October 12, 2016. https://news.docnow.io/design-for-social-good-aa5503dcbef2
- “Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Provided Data Access for a Surveillance Product Marketed to Target Activists of Color.” ACLU of Northern California. Accessed March 15, 2017. https://www.aclunc.org/blog/facebook-instagram-and-twitter-provided-data-access-surveillance-product-marketed-target
- Hirschbiel, M. Catherine. “Libraries Preserve Protest Posters.” Library Journal. Accessed March 15, 2017. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/02/academic-libraries/libraries-preserve-protest-posters/
- Jules, Bergis. “Some Thoughts on Ethics and DocNow.” Documenting DocNow, June 3, 2016. https://news.docnow.io/some-thoughts-on-ethics-and-docnow-d19cfec427f2
- Jules, Bergis. “Surveillance and Social Media Archiving.” Documenting DocNow, October 4, 2016. https://news.docnow.io/surveillance-and-social-media-archiving-7ea21b77b807
- McNealy, Jasmine. “Privacy Implications of Digital Preservation: Social Media Archives and the Social Networks Theory of Privacy, The.” Elon Law Review 3 (2012 2011): 133.
- “Occupy Wall Street: From the Streets to the Archives” The New York Times. Accessed March 15, 2017. https://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/occupy-wall-street-from-the-streets-to-the-archives/?_r=1
- Ruest, Nick. “Exploring #WomensMarch.” On Archivy, February 10, 2017. https://medium.com/on-archivy/exploring-womensmarch-dcc30221101c#.n5xzabip3
- Summers, Ed. “An Invitation to Study Ferguson.” On Archivy. December 3, 2014. https://medium.com/on-archivy/an-invitation-to-study-ferguson-367b423cff29#.y41hz5q25
- Summers, Ed. “On Forgetting and Hydration.” On Archivy. November 18, 2014. https://medium.com/on-archivy/on-forgetting-e01a2b95272#.y6knu0fk3
- Zimmer, Michael. “Is It Ethical to Harvest Public Twitter Accounts Without Consent?” MichaelZimmer.org. February 12, 2010. http://www.michaelzimmer.org/2010/02/12/is-it-ethical-to-harvest-public-twitter-accounts-without-consent/
This post is courtesy of the General News Media Research Team, and in particular Courtney Dean and Lori Dedeyan. The General News Media Team is: Courtney Dean, Lori Dedeyan, Audrey Lengel, Sean McConnell, and Daria Labinsky, team leader.
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