Data Story: Mél Hogan on Digital Archiving by @gnip

Interview conducted by Gnip, in Boulder…

Mél Hogan is a digital archivist doing a two-year research fellowship in digital curation for her post doc at CU Boulder. She contacted Gnip about having a class she teaches come in to learn about what we do, but we were equally interested in what a digital archivist does, so we asked if she’d interview for a Data Story. Last year we signed a partnership to provide all of the public Tweets to the Library of Congress, so we were curious about this emerging field. 

1. What are the big concerns among digital archivists?

Generally I think digital archivists who focus on the web are concerned with the quantity of information continuously created and shared across the globe, tracking this proliferation, its speed, and the various networks through which data travels. The big concerns are around the interplay of these things; for traditional librarians and archivists this has meant a shift to a hybrid role, as custodians and as mediators. Offline: media format management, migration, and interoperability continue to pose serious problems to preservation, as is it traditionally understood in those institutions…

Online with Gnip