Thursday, March 4, 2010

Digital Documentation and Disappearance

Via AHA Today, two interesting pieces about the digital record:

The first, about the Center for History and New Media, which aims to build participatory “archives of the future,” argues that “collecting history online floats in a world between the uneditable, didactic Web 1.0 and the completely open and editable Web 2.0, leaving us with a place we are calling, ‘Web 1.5.’” (Note, however, that collection is not preservation.)

The second, “Digital Disappearance,” discusses a range of issues related to “unpublishing” and the impermanence of the things we access online.