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It takes 4500 pages to analyse and archive one second of Twitter

From an article on http://www.fastcodesign.com/ “How best to physically archive our digital lives seems an insurmountable task, and previous attempts to do so–like this plan to print out Wikipedia as a 1-million-page book–downright quixotic. But Philip Adrian‘s #oneSecond benefits from a far more limited scope: printing out every message sent on Twitter at a given […]

The Digital Life of Salman Rushdie

Dan Rockmore in The New Yorker for 29 July 2014: “In 2006, the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), at Emory University, acquired the archive of Salman Rushdie. The collection included the usual papers and letters along with a trove of Rushdie’s digital materials, including his personal computers (one desktop and three laptops, as well […]

In the Sontag Archives

“Susan Sontag wrote seventeen thousand one hundred and ninety-eight e-mails, which will soon be available for consultation on a special laptop. I was given a special viewing at the library, and the experience gave me a queasiness that I have never felt during the years I have conducted historical research.” Benjamin Moser, In the Sontag Archives, The […]

Photo tales lost in the digital wave

“Digitisation will also inevitably change the way we do research. Many researchers in archives will tell you how they like to touch an old photograph or pore through old newspapers to get the feel, the smell, the weight. They are not saying that because they are sentimentalists but experience has told them how our senses […]