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Capturing the Zeitgeist Gretchen Gueguen Digital Archivist 10/09/2012
June 10, 2012• Teresa A. Sullivan announces resignation… …Gretchen M. Gueguen, Digital Archivist at Uva, prepares to atten...
June 11 -14• Reactions grow increasingly vocal around  Grounds as both town &  gown become suspicious of  the motives and ...
June 18, 2012• Decision is made to form a cross-  departmental group within the library to  discuss saving the historic re...
• University Archives: already decided to attend the first  rally in order to collect signs, have been in touch with  facu...
At 9:00 a.m. on July 19 …                      thme
What’s the Big Deal?• Digital is THE publishing platform• “Twitter Revolution”• Event was important for both the historic ...
Springing into action•   Twitter•   Blogs and Web•   Facebook•   News•   Video
Twitter API• Allows you to download tweets as data  for a given hashtag, user, or keyword  search (#woo-hoo!)• Has many to...
Goals for Twitter Archive1. Find a good tool for finding and saving   tweets2. Figure out how to get the oldest possible  ...
1. Find a good tool…• The Archivist• RSS reader• Google docs script
The Archivist• Benefits:  – XML and tab-delimited  – Searches both tweet and username• Drawbacks:  – Limited data captured...
RSS Feed• Benefit  – Passive collection of tweets• Drawback  – Unsure if data can be exported and in what    format  – Som...
Info at:http://mashe.hawksey.info/2011/11/twitter-how-to-archive-event-hashtags-and-visualize-conversation/
TAGS Google Spreadsheet• Benefits  – Passive collection at all times  – Spreadsheet format that can be exported  – Most co...
2. Older tweets• Major hash tags: #UVA, #BOV, #Sullivan• Lesser used: #BOVfail, #dragasmustgo, #rally4honor,  #whatthebovi...
3. Posted content• Links, pictures, video related to the story• Could not find a tool to just extract these  to look throu...
http://cat.www.virginia.edu.meowbify.com
Blogs and other web content• How to capture everything else• Tools for web capture  – Difficult to implement  – Don’t do e...
Facebook & “Privacy”• Rallies on grounds were organized  through Facebook “groups.”                    • Some posts are vi...
Facebook & Privacy• Facebook accounts are free               • But my Facebook account                  was my personal ac...
News• Relatively easy to capture• Overwhelming in volume• Why capture the online version?   – Some things only appear onli...
Subscriptions
Audio/Video• YouTube• News• WINA podcast• WUVA streaming• Streaming Board  Meetings• Public Affairs
User Contributions• Capture what the  public thought was  important• Possible violations  of privacy or  intellectual prop...
Final Tally•   Tweets: 80,000•   News articles: 572•   Blog posts: 147•   Other web content: 196•   Twitter pictures: 243•...
What’s Next?• Filling in some collection gaps• Collection finding aid• Working with OLE and  others to try and get into  r...
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Capturing the Zeitgeist

  1. 1. Capturing the Zeitgeist Gretchen Gueguen Digital Archivist 10/09/2012
  2. 2. June 10, 2012• Teresa A. Sullivan announces resignation… …Gretchen M. Gueguen, Digital Archivist at Uva, prepares to attend Rare Book School the next day
  3. 3. June 11 -14• Reactions grow increasingly vocal around Grounds as both town & gown become suspicious of the motives and actions of the Board of Visitors… …Meanwhile, Gretchen Gueguen turns OFF her computer in order to fully pay attention to her RARE BOOK SCHOOL class about the NINETEENTH CENTURY BOOK TRADE
  4. 4. June 18, 2012• Decision is made to form a cross- departmental group within the library to discuss saving the historic record related to these events
  5. 5. • University Archives: already decided to attend the first rally in order to collect signs, have been in touch with faculty senate … and the Digital Archivist is increasingly interested in nineteenth century illustration techniques!• Digital Curation Services: convening meetings to discuss coordinating activities and outreach• Scholar’s Lab: creates Omeka-based digital collection where any one can contribute material related to the events• University Records Manager: consults with group about her activities/buried in FOIA requests
  6. 6. At 9:00 a.m. on July 19 … thme
  7. 7. What’s the Big Deal?• Digital is THE publishing platform• “Twitter Revolution”• Event was important for both the historic nature of the events (message) but also HOW it was communicated (medium)
  8. 8. Springing into action• Twitter• Blogs and Web• Facebook• News• Video
  9. 9. Twitter API• Allows you to download tweets as data for a given hashtag, user, or keyword search (#woo-hoo!)• Has many tools available for doing all kinds of neat stuff (#woo-hoo!)• Limits you to just the last 1500 tweets for any given search (#d’oh!)
  10. 10. Goals for Twitter Archive1. Find a good tool for finding and saving tweets2. Figure out how to get the oldest possible tweets related to these events3. Figure out what people are posting and linking to via twitter
  11. 11. 1. Find a good tool…• The Archivist• RSS reader• Google docs script
  12. 12. The Archivist• Benefits: – XML and tab-delimited – Searches both tweet and username• Drawbacks: – Limited data captured (tweet and user, but not geotag (if used), in reply to, etc.) – Would only capture when opened
  13. 13. RSS Feed• Benefit – Passive collection of tweets• Drawback – Unsure if data can be exported and in what format – Some readers don’t collect if they aren’t open leading to missing tweets
  14. 14. Info at:http://mashe.hawksey.info/2011/11/twitter-how-to-archive-event-hashtags-and-visualize-conversation/
  15. 15. TAGS Google Spreadsheet• Benefits – Passive collection at all times – Spreadsheet format that can be exported – Most complete data retrieval of all tools• Drawbacks – Can crash if it gets too full – Given volume during the height of the crisis had to export and delete from live version once per day
  16. 16. 2. Older tweets• Major hash tags: #UVA, #BOV, #Sullivan• Lesser used: #BOVfail, #dragasmustgo, #rally4honor, #whatthebovisdoing• Specific profiles: @SivaVaid, @LarrySabato, @facultySen, @CavDaily, @WUVAonline – Parody profiles: @HelenDragas, @RectorIvanDrago, @RectorDrogo, @DragasMemes
  17. 17. 3. Posted content• Links, pictures, video related to the story• Could not find a tool to just extract these to look through later• Many shortened links that had to be clicked on to find out what they held• Many links were retweeted
  18. 18. http://cat.www.virginia.edu.meowbify.com
  19. 19. Blogs and other web content• How to capture everything else• Tools for web capture – Difficult to implement – Don’t do exactly what is needed – I’m running out of time!• Solution: – I have to look at it anyway to select, so • Firefox “Save As” • Screengrab plugin for screenshot
  20. 20. Facebook & “Privacy”• Rallies on grounds were organized through Facebook “groups.” • Some posts are visible only to members of the group. All others are only visible to those with a Facebook account.
  21. 21. Facebook & Privacy• Facebook accounts are free • But my Facebook account was my personal account
  22. 22. News• Relatively easy to capture• Overwhelming in volume• Why capture the online version? – Some things only appear online, some only in print – Online version, for many sources, allows commenting• Why capture this when it will be saved elsewhere? – Reference collection – Databases may capture content but not commentary
  23. 23. Subscriptions
  24. 24. Audio/Video• YouTube• News• WINA podcast• WUVA streaming• Streaming Board Meetings• Public Affairs
  25. 25. User Contributions• Capture what the public thought was important• Possible violations of privacy or intellectual property
  26. 26. Final Tally• Tweets: 80,000• News articles: 572• Blog posts: 147• Other web content: 196• Twitter pictures: 243• Video: 69• Documents: 21• User-Contributed Items: 118
  27. 27. What’s Next?• Filling in some collection gaps• Collection finding aid• Working with OLE and others to try and get into repository and ensure digital preservation• Likely, reading room only access for much of the content

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