Rounding up March 2016 conferences and events

April 18th, 2016

By the Archive-It Team

March was a busy month of conferences, meetings, and meet-ups. Archive-It team members travelled coast to coast to catch up with partners and friends, share updates, and learn about lots of exciting ongoing work with web archives.

Jefferson Bailey and Vinay Goel kicked the month off with a trip to Toronto and the Archives Unleashed web archive data hackathon held at the University of Waterloo. Look for a forthcoming post with more details on Archive-It and Internet Archive’s support of, and involvement in, a number of emerging hackathons and data challenges working to get partner web collections into the hands of researchers and users.

Karl-Rainer Blumenthal travelled to Seattle to attend Natural Connections, the  joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association (VRA). At a pre-conference THATCamp, Karl led newcomers to web archiving through the basics of the process and their own quick test drives of the Archive-It web application. Several of these web archivists-in-training later joined colleagues for the first ever meeting of ARLIS/NA’s new Web Archiving Special Interest Group, co-moderated by Karl and New York Art Resources Consortium Web Archiving Coordinator Sumitra Duncan. While at the conference, Karl also moderated a panel on the state/future of managing digital architecture and design records, and presented on how web archives created in this subject area could be used in novel ways by future digital historians (a video recording of the session is available here!).

Jefferson Bailey and Lori Donovan visited partners in Washington DC in late March, and were able to participate in the Archive-It Mid-Atlantic Users Group Spring 2016 Meeting, held at George Washington University.  Partners presented on their collection development and description efforts, and shared timely feedback based on their first few months working with Archive-It 5.0. Jefferson and Lori in turn had the opportunity to share updates on grant-funded projects to enhance Archive-It’s crawling technologies and data export capabilities.

Sylvie Rollason-Cass saw March turn to April at Uncharted Waters, this spring’s New England Archivists (NEA) meeting in Portland, Maine, where she participated in a session on archiving Social Media. Sylvie’s talk focused on the small but powerful role that social media plays in event based web collections, focusing on the collaboratively built Global Events collections.

To keep up on all of Archive-It’s comings and goings in April and beyond, be sure to check out our Community Calendar, and don’t forget to catch up on the details of of our upcoming 2016 Partner Meeting in Atlanta!