Saturday, January 07, 2006

Should we Preserve Blogs (or are blogs worth preserving in the first place)?

The DIGITAL Archive would not be called The DIGITAL Archive if it did not address the issue of digital preservation, right?

In light of my recent postings on blogging and its future, I wonder if institutions, corporations, and other organizations that actively use blogs to communicate with colleagues, clients, and customers should prepare policies that dictate how these blog postings--these electronic records of communication--should be managed to comply with existing retention policies and preserved for historical purposes?

Blog Archiving? Currently, there are several projects attempting to archive websites. I wonder if we should treat blogs as just another website: to be captured and archived and made accessible. Or should we treat blogs as something more?

about the author

I am an information professional, researcher, and writer with over eight years experience in the information services field with experience in information and communication technology.

I have a B.A. in History and a Master's in Library and Information Studies and working on a Web and Multimedia Design certificate.

I believe that empowering people with information can enrich lives and transform the world.