Blog Preservation: Some Considerations

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Blog Preservation: Some Considerations

  1. 1. BLOG PRESERVATION… some considerations CAROLYN HANK DIGITAL CURATION PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE JANUARY 8, 2013 CHAPEL HILL, NC
  2. 2. 2006-20081 GENERAL BLOGGERS MOTIVATION BEHIND STUDY … 133 million blogs indexed by Technorati between 2002 and 2008. White & Winn, 2009
  3. 3. 2006-20081 GENERAL BLOGGERS People rely heavily on service providers, often taking no additional actions toward the persistence of their user- generated content. Marshall, Bly & Brun-Cottan, 2006
  4. 4. 2009-20112 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS (ACTIVE) SAMPLING ISSUES… NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK population
  5. 5. 2009-20112 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS (ACTIVE) SAMPLING ISSUES… CHAMELEON IN A HAYSTACK population
  6. 6. 2009-20112 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS (ACTIVE) Multiple instances Multiple authors ? Scholar blogger(?)MORE Scholarly blog(?)SAMPLINGCONSIDERATIONS Currency Timing
  7. 7. PRESERVATION % preservation for public access & use into the indefinite future2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  8. 8. PRESERVATION Personal access/use 16% Short-term future Public access/use 19% Short-term future Personal access/use 76% Indefinite future Public access/use 80% Indefinite future 0% 100%2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  9. 9. 100%90% PRESERVATION80% PREFERENCES70% Blogger Co-Author(s)60% Provider/Host/Network50% Search Engine Public Trust40%30%20% RESPONSIBILITY CAPABILITY2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  10. 10. first line of defense2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  11. 11. final line of defense2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  12. 12. 100% PRESERVATION 90% PREFERENCES 80% Blogger Co-Author(s) 70% Provider/Host/Network 60% Search Engine 50% Public Trust 40% Natl Library Natl Archive 30% Instl Library 20% Instl Archive 10% Instl IT Dept 0% RESPONSIBILITY CAPABILITY2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  13. 13. SAVING Subscription services Export tools Personal back-upsDocument/text files Via syndication services % Purposefully save entire blog via an archiving service or independently 2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  14. 14. SERVICESSubscription to web or blog archiving or back-up service examples: BACKUPIFY BLOGBACKUPR BACKUPMYBLOG INTERNET ARCHIVE LOC’s LEGAL BLAWGS ARCHIVE2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  15. 15. SAVING Export tools Personal back-upsDocument/text files Via syndication services % Purposefully save some blog components 2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  16. 16. BUT … RIGHTS & USE Copyright Statement (n=34) Creative Commons (n=13) % no rights or use statements at blog or post level2 SCHOLARS’ BLOGS
  17. 17. DISCLAIMERS THOUGH 80% FEEL BLOG IS PART OF THEIR SCHOLARLY RECORD … Own opinion Not responsible Advice % have an explicit or implicit disclaimer-style statement2 SCHOLARS’ BLOGS
  18. 18. DELETING THOUGH 80% FEEL BLOG SHOULD BE PRESERVED … Duplicate Post “Post Regret” Too sensitive or revealing % delete posts after publication2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  19. 19. BLOG DELETION % have deleted a blog2 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS
  20. 20. Whatif?
  21. 21. SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
  22. 22. Pretty bad. Devastated, both emotionally and professionally. Very sad.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
  23. 23. I’d do something drastic [in response]. Mad as hell. Pretty peeved. Angry & upset.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
  24. 24. I don’t have to do it anymore. I get half an hour of my life back.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
  25. 25. Probably have a drink & forget about it. Not welcomed but not tragic … I’d get over it. Pour another cup of coffee & get Drop out … back to work. until something else comes along.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
  26. 26. It would take an extreme catastrophe. How would that happen?SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
  27. 27. 2009-20112 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS (ACTIVE)BLOG ELIGIBILITY (644) PUBLICLY AVAILABLE = 570 (86%) PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH = 544 (84%) KNOWLEDGE OR PERSONAL BLOG = 498 (77%) TIME-STAMPED POSTS = 496 (77%) ACTIVELY PUBLISHED TO = 271 (42%) AT LEAST 1 YEAR OLD = 231(36%) IDENTIFIERS (RE: AUTHORSHIP) = 208 (32%)
  28. 28. WHAT ABOUT THOSE BLOGS THAT ARE INACTIVE BUT STILL PUBLICLY AVAILABLE … As reported by Viegas (2005),bloggers assume persistency of their blogs unless deliberate action istaken (by the blogger) to remove it.
  29. 29. 2009-20112 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS (ACTIVE)Available but not actively published to % in previous 3 months left no message behind (n=156) on where they went or if they will be back etc. blog analysis
  30. 30. 2011-PRESENT3 SCHOLAR BLOGGERS (INACTIVE) BLOGX BLOG ANALYSIS n=909 N=1779 no new posts > 3 months HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, SCIENCES, PROF. & USEFUL ARTSHank. C., & Lent, A.R. (2012). Dispatches from blog purgatory: Final messages from scholars’ inactive blogs.#Influence12: Symposium & workshop on measuring influence on social media. Halifax, Nova Scotia
  31. 31. 2012-PRESENT 4 BIBLIOBLOGGERS (IN/ACTIVE) BLOG X BLOG QUESTIONNAIRES INTERVIEWS BLOGGER BLOG ANALYSIS CV ANALYSIS OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grant Program 2012-PRESENTRESULTS COMING SOON … 4SUMMER 2013
  32. 32. SOURCESHank. C. (2011). Scholars and their blogs: Characteristics, preferences, and perceptions impacting digital preservation (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database (UMI No. 3456270).Hank. C., & Lent, A.R. (2012). Dispatches from blog purgatory: Final messages from scholars’ inactive blogs. #Influence12: Symposium & workshop on measuring influence on social media. Halifax, Nova Scotia.Hank, C., Sheble, L., & Choemprayong, S. (2007). Informing blog appraisal through bloggers’ perspectives on selection and preservation. Paper presented at the Conference on Appraisal in the Digital World, Rome, Italy.Marshall, C.C., Bly, S., & Brun-Cottan, F. (2006). The long term fate of our digital belongings: Toward a service model for personal archives. Archiving 2006 Final Program and Proceedings, 3 (pp. 25–30). Springfield, VA: Society for Imaging Sciences and Technology.Sheble, L., Choemprayong, S., & Hank. C. (2007). Preservation in context: Survey of blogging behaviors. In Proceedings of the Third International Digital Curation Conference. Edinburgh: Digital Curation Centre.Viegas, F.B. (2007). Bloggers expectations of privacy and accountability: An initial survey. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 10(3). Retrieved from http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol10/issue3/viegas.htmlWhite, D., & Winn, P. (2009). State of the blogosphere: 2008. Technorati. Retrieved from http://technorati.com/blogging/feature/state-of-the-blogosphere-2008/
  33. 33. THANK YOUCAROLYN HANKEmail: chank@utk.eduSlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/carolynhank/Slideshow:

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