February 13, 2020

Raiders of the Data Archive: Is Our Legacy Safe?

How do we archive digital content? Who decides what’s worth archiving? Where does it live and what is an internet archive? Can people use digital archives as evidence in a court of law? Does anyone know why Facebook hasn’t been archived since 2011?

Summary: In an increasingly digital world, how do we make sense of ephemeral content and how do we preserve it for posterity? Episode 23 is a data-driven deep dive that looks at the evolution of digital archiving. Hosts Brian and Malinda Gagnon discuss digital storage and how things like digital availability and digital durability affect the ways we store and share information. An important episode for anyone who’s wondered how the internet affects the ways we document and share ideas.

What we covered:

1:55 - 90% of all data has been created since 2016. That’s alot!

3:15 - How do we make sense of data?

4:12 - Biometric check ins with Delta and how companies are creating dynamic content. Remember this from episode 22?

6:42 - Remember the wayback machine? We talked about it on episode 17.

8:55 - Do you know Alexa’s origin story? Spoiler alert: Amazon acquired it in 1999.

13:00 - What’s the Internet Archive and why is it important?

14:54 - Why hasn’t Facebook been archived since 2011? No seriously, we want to know.

16:30 - What is ephemeral content?

17:10 - Who decides what’s worth archiving?

18:08 - Can an old website be used as evidence in a court of law?

21:05 - Did you know that more people are going to public libraries than they are movie theaters in 2019?

22:27 - Will digital archives stand the test of time?

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