Over the next six weeks I’ll be taking an Introduction to Web Archiving course through the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s iSchool, and I thought I’d offer to “bend” my weekly assignments in that class toward our intervention project in whatever way is useful to us. For the week of March 16, for instance, we’re being asking to add seeds to Archive-It and to do some test crawls, and to draft a collections policy of some sort. As the readings and details for the assignments open up, I’ll do my best to bring relevant things back to our group so we can think about if/when/how we want to start archiving web materials relevant to CUNY and what it would mean to have a collections policy that informs the scope of that work.
I also thought I’d ask for your thoughts on how our intervention might align with and go in a different direction from the conversation being had in this Twitter thread re: collecting universities’ emergency announcement pages related to COVID-19.
As inspiration I thought I’d share the archiving project data ethicist Laura Norén began right at the start of the US higher ed COVID19 discussions. A recent tweet by her connects to the online repository she’s created: https://twitter.com/digitalFlaneuse/status/1237871656996966401?s=20
For our project perhaps we might simply start with the emails circulated to us and build out from there? Happy to chat more over the forum & etc, too, on this.
(Also, unrelated, but for those who are interested in DS/data ethics & etc. and do not already subscribe to Laura’s Data Science Community Newsletter: https://cds.nyu.edu/newsletter/, I’d highly recommend it!)