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2016-12-20: Archiving Pages with Embedded Tweets

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I'm from Louisiana and used Archive-It to build a collection of webpages about the September flood there (https://www.archive-it.org/collections/7760/).

One of the pages I came across, Hundreds of Louisiana Flood Victims Owe Their Lives to the 'Cajun Navy', highlighted the work of the volunteer "Cajun Navy" in rescuing people from their flooded homes. The page is fairly complex, with a Flash video, YouTube video, 14 embedded tweets (one of which contained a video), and 2 embedded Instagram posts. Here's a screenshot of the original page (click for full page):


To me, the most important resources here were the tweets and their pictures, so I'll focus here on how well they were archived.

First, let's look at how embedded Tweets work on the live web. According to Twitter: "An Embedded Tweet comes in two parts: a <blockquote> containing Tweet information and the JavaScript file on Twitter’s servers which converts the <blockquote> into a f…

2016-11-21: WS-DL Celebration of #IA20

.@WebSciDL celebrates 20 years of #webarchiving & @internetarchive w tacos and @djspooky CDs! #IA20pic.twitter.com/AFb3qUiuzz — Michael L. Nelson (@phonedude_mln) October 26, 2016

The Web Science & Digital Library Research Group celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Internet Archive with tacos, DJ Spooky CDs, and a series of tweets & blog posts about the cultural impact and importance of web archiving.  This was in solidarity with the Internet Archive's gala which featured taco trucks and a lecture & commissioned piece by Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky). 

Normally our group posts about research developments and technical analysis of web archiving, but for #IA20 we had members of our group write mostly non-technical stories drawn from personal experiences and interests that are made possible by web archiving.  We are often asked "Why archive the web?" and we hope these blog posts will help provide you with some answers.
Shawn blogged about archiving "fi…

2016-11-16: Reminiscing About The Days of Cyber War Between Indonesia and Australia

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Indonesia and Australia are neighboring countries that, just like what always happens between neighbors, have a hot-and-cold relationship. The History has recorded a number of disputes between Indonesia and Australia, from East Timor disintegration (now Timor Leste) in 1999 to the Bali Nine case (the execution of Australian drug smugglers) in 2015. One of the issues that has really caused a stir in Indonesia-Australia's relationship is the spying imbroglio conducted by Australia toward Indonesia. The tension arose when an Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald published an article titled Exposed: Australia's Asia spy network and a video titled Spying at Australian diplomatic facilities on October 31st, 2013. It revealed one of Edward Snowden's leaks that Australia had been spying on Indonesia since 1999. This startling fact surely enraged Indonesia's government and, most definitely, the people of Indonesia.
Indonesia strongly demanded clarification and an expla…

2016-11-16: Introducing the Local Memory Project

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The national news media has different priorities than the local news media. If one seeks to build a collection about local events, the national news media may be insufficient, with the exception of local news which “bubbles” up to the national news media. Irrespective of this “bubbling” of some local news to the national surface, the perspective and reporting of national news differs from local news for the same events. Also, it is well known that big multinational news organizations routinely cite the reports of smaller local news organizations for many stories. Consequently, local news media is fundametal to journalism.



It is important to consult local sources affected by local events. Thus the need for a system that helps small communities to build collections of web resources from local sources for important local events. The need for such a system was first (to the best of my knowledge) outlined by Harvard LIL. Given Harvard LIL's interest of helping facilitate participatory…

2016-11-07: Linking to Persistent Identifiers with rel="identifier"

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(2018-06-08 update: as a result of community feedback, we replaced "identifier" with "cite-as".  We chose to keep the examples below intact, but please substitute rel="cite-as" whenever you see rel="identifier". -- MLN&HVDS)

Do you remember hearing about that study that found that people who are "good" at swearing actually have a large vocabulary, refuting the conventional wisdom about a "poverty-of-vocabulary"?  The DOI (digital object identifier) for the 2015 study is*:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2014.12.003

But if you read about it in the popular press, such as the Independent or US News & World Report, you'll see that they linked to:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S038800011400151X

The problem is that although the DOI is the preferred link, browsers follow a series of redirects from the DOI to the ScienceDirect link, which is then displayed in the address bar of the browser, and that&…