Session Title

Documenting the Now: Building Ethical Social Media Archives

Description

DocNow is an open-source tool and a community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content. The project was started to respond to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this digital content. DocNow has a strong commitment to prioritizing ethical practices when working with social media content, especially in terms of collection and long-term preservation. This presentation will first provide an introduction to the technical and legal concerns in archiving, sharing, and publishing data pulled from Twitter’s API. Following that we will have a discussion on the ways DocNow is approaching ethical issues surrounding the use of social media content including the perception of publicness, the use of data by government forces, archival integrity, and the right to be forgotten, among other considerations. The presentation will end with a short demo of the DocNow beta tool which is being developed with support from the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation. The development team is committed to creating a positive user experience and will take all design and functionality comments into consideration as we continue to build both the tool and the community of practice.

Start Date

15-3-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

15-3-2017 2:00 PM

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Documenting the Now: Building Ethical Social Media Archives

DocNow is an open-source tool and a community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content. The project was started to respond to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this digital content. DocNow has a strong commitment to prioritizing ethical practices when working with social media content, especially in terms of collection and long-term preservation. This presentation will first provide an introduction to the technical and legal concerns in archiving, sharing, and publishing data pulled from Twitter’s API. Following that we will have a discussion on the ways DocNow is approaching ethical issues surrounding the use of social media content including the perception of publicness, the use of data by government forces, archival integrity, and the right to be forgotten, among other considerations. The presentation will end with a short demo of the DocNow beta tool which is being developed with support from the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation. The development team is committed to creating a positive user experience and will take all design and functionality comments into consideration as we continue to build both the tool and the community of practice.