Archiving born-digital content: What should be saved & why?

Submitted by montgomeryl on Tue, 03/03/2009 – 10:28amin

Session Convenor: Leigh Montgomery

Session Reporter: Leigh Montgomery

Discussion Participants: Anne Anderson Barbara Iverson Barbara Kantrowitz Tom Stites John Hamer

A short presentation was shown on MONITOR content, that has been digitized by the first 1908 edition, finding new readers, opportunities for storytelling, and traffic.  It has also resulted in more sales of historic content from a vendor partner.  This was after the launch of Google News Search, which indexes premium content.

As the MONITOR proceeds to go to a web-first model, there is concern about what should be prioritized to be archived.  Currently, blog content is not archived in a DAM, neither is multimedia.  There is no formal policy for archiving this content nor is there metadata added to it.

All attendees emphatically felt that every effort should be made to capture this content, as it will be of interest a century later, and it could added another revenue stream.

About Peggy Holman

Peggy Holman supports organizations and communities to uncover creative responses to complex challenges using innovative engagement processes. The Change Handbook, co-authored with Tom Devane and Steven Cady, documents many such processes. The book is the considered the definitive resource for leaders and consultants working to increase resilience, agility, and collaboration in organizations and other social systems. Peggy co-founded Journalism that Matters in 2001 with three journalists to support the pioneers who are shaping the emerging news and information ecology. Peggy’s latest book, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, supports people facing disruptions to invite others to join them in realizing new possibilities.
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