Internet Archiving - Who? What? Where? How? WHY?
My interest in this topic began while taking a class last semester with Matt Mehlan. After digging deeper into a project by Olia Lialina related to archival practices and the internet I found my interest significantly piqued. Who should be archiving internet art, web pages, and histories having to do with design? What is considered important? How would we save this information as technology changes daily and where would we store it? Data may be invisible, but it takes up significant amounts of space in server farms. Is anything on the internet even worth archiving? There are so many questions to explore and I hope to form my own opinions while interrogating others in the field. Archivists, artists, tech experts are all of interest for this work. The research will include interviews and a deep dive into archival work being done in the digital realm. Much like my partners on this project, I’ll be using my personal experiences to lead my research. What would I like to see saved on the internet? In a pandemic ridden world what is most important? I hope to explore these questions further. While I don’t expect to have concrete answers, I do hope to engage in conversation and uncover what thinking is being done to solve those questions.
This page reflects my thoughts on the subject. A very jumbled and unorganized page of thoughts, not unlike the internet.