Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News
On Oct. 13–14, 2016, JDNA joined with the UCLA Libraries and the Educopia Institute to present “Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving Online News,” where presentrs and attendees explored solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today — the loss of online news content. Journalistic content, published on websites and through social media channels, is fragile and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join other professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form.
The two-day forum — hosted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Journalism Digital News Archive (JDNA), UCLA Library and the Educopia Institute — featured thought leaders, stakeholders and digital preservation practitioners who are passionate about preserving born-digital news. Sessions updated attendees about existing initiatives, examine critical issues and create a national agenda for protecting online journalism.
About the Dodging the Memory Hole series
This is the fourth event in the DTMH conference series focusing on preserving born-digital news content. Its name, Dodging the Memory Hole, comes from George Orwell’s “1984,” in which photographs and documents conflicting with “Big Brother’s” narrative were tossed into a “memory hole” and destroyed. Today’s memory hole is largely the unintentional result of technological systems not designed to keep information for the long term. The previous three events were held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina and the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
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Scroll to view transcript HJALMAR GISLASON: [00:07] So, as Martin said, my name is Hjalmar Gislason, and that’s probably the most complicated part of the presentation. That name comes from Iceland, so that’s where I grew up and that’s where my funny accent comes from, and actually some of the stories I’m going to tell … Continued
This white paper summarizes the Dodging the Memory Hole 2016: Saving online news event, with overviews of the panels and presentations, and projects produced by groups at the conference as well as student scholarship recipients. On Oct. 13–14, 2016, University of Missouri Libraries, in collaboration with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, UCLA Library and … Continued
Scroll to view transcript JENNIFER YOUNGER: [00:07] Thank you, Ed. It’s great to be here. I’m here on behalf of our many stakeholders, our partners, our members, advisors and, of course, founders. What’s fascinating is our work and our project has been a collaboration right from the beginning. Our partners and stakeholders, they know what … Continued
Scroll to view transcript EVAN SANDHAUS: [00:08] Thank you for bearing with me while we get the technical things ironed out. I’m Evan Sandhaus, and I am here with my team today to talk about some work we’ve been doing with migrating The New York Times archives. A little bit later, once we say our … Continued
Scroll to view transcript KALEV LEETARU: [00:07] Well thank you so much for having me here today. [00:12] So, this is my vision. This is the GDELT Project. The idea of the GDELT Project is, how do we take the world’s information and try to catalog what’s happening around the world, moment by moment, and how are … Continued
Scroll to view transcript KATY BOSS: [00:08] Hi everybody. You guys probably remember me from yesterday, but I'll do quick introductions again. I'm Katy Boss. I'm at the New York University Libraries, librarian for journalism, media culture and communication. My two co-authors on this project are Eva Revear and Meredith Broussard, who you guys heard from earlier in the news apps panel; both are at … Continued
Scroll to view transcript CYNTHIA JOYCE: [00:12] This has been a really awesome conference for me to find all the — it’s the right rabbit hole, as I’ve been texting people, for me to fall into, because I had worked on this project a couple of years ago, before I gave any thought to digital archiving, but then it … Continued
Scroll to view transcript TERRY BRITT: [00:07] Hello, everyone. When people ask, “What do I do in research?” I usually reply, “A little bit of journalism study, psychology, sociology and just a tiny dash of neuroscience to really make things interesting.” So, what I wanted to do for this conference is to take some of the psychology and sociology … Continued