Today’s post brings us back to the Archiving Social Media website, something I brought to your attention on March 27th, 2012. It has been languishing, half-forgotten, while I worked on other projects this semester. But with my image indexing well underway, it’s time for more research on alternative resource indexing.
Today I am reading through responses to the Technology Standards area of the site. It’s not quite as long as I thought it might be. As stated on the site, this discussion area is aimed at trying to answer the following questions:
- Which technologies should we employ to archive social media?
- Are existing technologies adequate to the task or do we need to develop new tools?
- Do we need new metadata standards or can we adapt existing standards?
- What kinds of discovery, selection, aggregation, and storage technologies will archiving social media require?
- How realistic is it to collect and preserve items from so many different sources?
In the context of a football-oriented community repository, where most of the content would be images, we would need to find a software that can help us index both, so that all the content types could be search-able together. We wouldn’t want our patrons to have to search two different systems to find the social media responses that arise from certain images/plays during the timeline of the game. That could get rather cumbersome and irritating.
Can we adapt Dublin Core to tweets or Facebook posts or YouTube videos? As the contributor Jim says, “What properties are quintessentially social media?”
How do we select which social media to include and which to exclude?
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