January Collection Spotlight: Winter wonderlands

January 16th, 2014

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/

Every month we spotlight an Archive-It collection in our e-mail newsletter, and this month we want to share two collections that showcase the wonder and danger of winter weather that has been captivating (and keeping folks captive) this winter season.

While we may be in San Francisco, we know how difficult winter weather conditions can make getting to and traveling for work. We hope that everyone is having a safe and comfortable winter, and we wish everyone a happy new year of archiving the web!

Cirumpolar Collection
Polar Vortex getting you down? At least you you aren’t living in an arctic environment 365 days a year! Their problem isn’t the cold, it’s that it’s getting too warm!

The University of Alberta has been archiving websites related to circumpolar studies since March 2011, with nearly 200 websites archived. The interdisciplinary nature of the collection showcases a variety of research and subject areas including environmental changes and aboriginal concerns in government.

Midwest Snowstorms (Feb 2011)
“It has already been called one of the largest winter storms since the 1950s and it is affecting 30 U.S. states today with snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain. ” (source)

Sound familiar? Almost two years ago, Archive-It and Virginia Tech teamed up to do a wide crawl of content published online related to winter storms that were impacting the Midwest Regions of the United States and Southern Canada. Browsing through archived content and articles about what at the time was called “Snowmageddon”, we wonder, would Polar Vortex or Snowmageddon make a better title for an action movie?  (There is an answer to this question).

The Virginia Tech: Crisis Tragedy and Recovery Network continues to create collections around man-made and natural disasters, providing ready access for scholars, professionals, and the public interested in supporting ongoing recovery of communities that have faced a crisis or tragedy.

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