2.0 have shaken the World and mainstream media has adapted, with forward-thinking press encouraging their staff to blog, microblog and engage in all kinds of social discourse with their readers.
The volume and velocity of news and comment we are able receive in a
switched-on world continues to increase, but the flip-side of this is
that the rich tapestry of different viewpoints offered by the
blogosphere is not permanent, but transient. We still have the writings
of Ada Lovelace, Samuel Pepys, Leonardo Da Vinci and Aristotle to offer
us insight to historical events through individual accounts (paper
doesn’t change its terms of service), but ours is the first generation
that risks leaving no permanent written record. At a time when the
technologies needed to understand this rich tapestry of Big Data in what
is becoming known as ‘eHumanities’ is just being developed, losing some
of that data is nothing short of disastrous.
BlogForever is a European project that aims to preserve blogs for
posterity. The platform is dependent on two main pieces of software:
Cyberwatcher, a web data crawler developed by a small company of the
same name, and the digital repository application Invenio, developed at CERN. Before the end of the project in summer 2013, the whole tool will
be made open source, says Ilias Trochidis from the project. BlogForever
is currently working with a number of blogs to test the platform, and
discussions have taken place that could see GridCast included in this
BlogForever is a timely project with a unique and very necessary goal
of preserving blogs for future researchers, and e-ScienceTalk are very
proud to announce that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been
signed with BlogForever.
This may be the last blog of 2012, so keeping watching and I’m sure
we’ll have some really exciting news from all aspects of e-Science early
in January 2013!