Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2013

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@InstitutionalRepository How Do I Preserve Internet Ephemera? #Twitter #Wordpress
Franny Gaede

Last modified: 2013-03-26


University repositories are tasked with collecting and preserving the intellectual output of their institutions. Colleges and departments are adopting social media to connect with alumni, participate in disciplinary conversations, and encourage community engagement. These ephemeral communications must be captured and preserved to ensure a comprehensive record of the university’s scholarly output. Developing a standard for ingesting and describing these materials poses a novel challenge.

This poster will present, as a case study, the specific challenges faced by the University of Texas Digital Repository when preserving the Department of American Studies’ Twitter feed (@AmStudies) and Wordpress blog (AMS::ATX). It will recommend best practices for preservation and access, including content capture, file formats, and metadata standards.


digital preservation; social media; repository management; metadata standards; twitter; wordpress

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