Reading for the Day: The Economist on Saving the Web

Emma Watson was on the Today Show! Oh my goodness, with her new pixie haircut and her skin-tight-yet-demure-grey-knit dress with little Peter Pan collar she looked adorable, simply adorable! (Her hair was shorter than Carey Mulligan’s, last year’s Existential Pixie)

And Prince William is marrying his long-term girlfriend! (Doesn’t it seem to dear blog readers that the Prince seems to be prematurely balding? To think that all these years, his fair coloring had self lulled into thinking that his genes came mostly from the Spencers!)

It is such a beautiful day! Self planted the narcissus “Sugar Cup” she bought on Sunday from the Menlo Park Farmers Market (The bulbs are enormous! Simply enormous! She paid $10 for 10)

Reading for the day is an article from the Oct. 23 -29 Economist, about an organization called the IIPC, short for the International Internet Preservation Consortium.

Here’s an excerpt:

. . . although search engines such as Google index the web, they do not archive it. Many websites just disappear when their owner runs out of money or interest. Adam Farquhar, in charge of digital projects for the British Library, points out that the world has in some ways a better record of the beginning of the 20th century than of the beginning of the 21st.

In 1996 Brewster Kahle, a computer scientist and internet entrepreneur, founded the Internet Archive, a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving websites. He also began gently harassing national libraries to worry about preserving the web. They started to pay attention when several elections produced interesting material that never touched paper.

In 2003 eleven national libraries and the Internet Archive launched a project to preserve “born-digital” information: the kind that has never existed as anything but digitally. Called the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), it now includes 39 large institutional libraries. But the task is impossible. One reason is the sheer amount of data on the web.

Naturally, self has to leave off at the cliffhanger. Did dear blog readers know that self has a distressing tendency to end posts abruptly (much in the same way that she ends her short stories?)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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