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Activist Archivists at CNI 2012 Spring Conference in Baltimore, MD

April 1, 2012 News No Comments

On Monday, April 2nd, Howard Besser, Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU will present a project briefing on Activist Archivists as part of the Coalition for Networked Information Spring 2012 Membership Meeting.

The entire presentation is called “Archiving Large Swaths of User-Contributed Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement” and includes offerings from Sharon Leon at Occupy Archive, Kristine Hanna from Internet Archive, and Dan Millman, the Director of NYU’s Digital Library.

Archiving born-digital content from the “Occupy” movement can serve as a prototype for archiving all kinds of user-contributed content. In this presentation, several organizations will discuss the tools and methods they have developed for ingesting, preserving, and offering discovery services to large numbers of digital works where they cannot really rely on the contributors to follow standards and metadata assignment. Topics covered will range from automatic extraction of time-stamp and location metadata (and an empirical analysis of which upload services strip these out), to app development for uploading content along with permission forms, to maintaining lists of frequently-changing URL nodes for web-crawling, to issues in educating content creators in best practices. Speakers will also discuss issues in trying to document a social movement while it is happening.

For details about the conference, navigate the CNI website: