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Web Archiving in the News

by chasereeves on April 27, 2010

Web archiving is not the kind of thing you hear about often, however, the web is becoming more and more a place where businesses, organizations and governments communicate.  These communications require preservation for many reasons: compliance, records keeping, brand heritage, etc.

The past several months have seen some interesting news in the realm of web archiving. We thought we’d put together a little list for you.

The Executive Office of the President (EOP) Solicitation for Web Archive

The EOP has solicited for bids on capturing and archiving the White House’s entire public internet presence, ie., Facebook, flickr, twitter, etc. They require technology to “capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP on publicly-accessible web sites, along with information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP offices under PRA maintains a presence.”

The EOP needs to do this to comply with the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which made all presidential records public, and required them to be archived/preserved.

Iterasi’s technology can already accomplish these tasks for the EOP. Archiving Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and all other public facing websites is already a part of IterasiArchives, our flagship product.

Click Here to read more about the EOP bid.

Obama White House Spokesman Required to Archive Tweets

Obama’s White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, started using Twitter (@PressSec) to send updates on what the president was up to. Examples:

  • “POTUS just finished 90 minutes in the Sit Room for monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan…”
  • “President headed to meeting with bipartsan Congressional leaders to talk financial reform and derivatives…”
  • “To express condolences to the people of an important ally, POTUS will travel to Krakow, Poland for the funeral of the Pres and First Lady”

After talking to government lawyers, it was decided that Gibbs would need to archive all of his tweets to keep with the PRA. “What I write and what I tweet is archived … because it is work product created as part of my job at the White House,” said Gibbs.

Twitter is seemingly ephemeral communication technology, here today and gone tomorrow. But the content of the tweets themselves is not ephemeral. Tweets are just as important as email, in fact, they may be more important because tweets are public and mass-distributed. IterasiArchives is the only commercial tool for archiving Twitter.

FINRA Releases Social Media Recommendations

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) released their recommendations and regulations to help financial firms communicate through social media. At the top of the list was the ability for firms to keep records of their tweets, blogs, facebook statuses, etc:

“Finra rules require that for record retention purposes, the content of the communication is determinative and a broker-dealer must retain those electronic communications that relate to its ‘business as such.”

We wrote a bit more about this on a previous FINRA/Social Media blog post.

Library of Congress Archives All of Twitter

It was just announced that the Library of Congress (LOC) will be archiving every public tweet since 2006. The LOC’s mission is to “sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations,” and they would be doing just that by archiving Twitter.

“I’m no Ph.D., but it boggles my mind to think what we might be able to learn about ourselves and the world around us from this wealth of data,” said Matt Raymond, communications director at the LOC.

There many unanswered questions about how the public will be able to get access to and search this archive of tweets. To read more you can check out the original LOC blog post, or head over to Gina Trapani’s insightful post.

Do You Need Web Archiving?

Web archiving is becoming more and more of a priority for businesses and government as our culture increasingly relies on the internet for communication. Here at Iterasi, we pride ourselves on offering the best web archiving technology available. Contact us if you need web archiving.

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