Weekly Summary 02/17/2020

The focus of this week is a new Archiving Project on documenting information around us about the recent Coronavirus outbreak.
The Internet Archive and the IIPC are working together to collect resources regarding the recent  Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The goal here is not just to collect academic research information but also to document containment efforts and social effects. Any of the following are of interest:
  • Coronavirus origins
  • Information about the spread of infection
  • Regional or local containment efforts
  • Medical/Scientific aspects
  • Social aspects
  • Economic aspects
  • Political aspects
So go ahead, feel free to share news or shares on social media as well even if you don’t have in-depth information on the matter.
If you would like to nominate any websites or web content covering the outbreak for archiving you can use this form here: https://forms.gle/iAdvSyh6hyvv1wvx9. The collection will later be made available to all at the IIPC’s archive-it page: https://archive-it.org/home/IIPC, where you can already find some interesting examples from previous collections on the Olympics or the European Refugee Crisis to give you an idea of the goal here.
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If perhaps you would like to share offline content such as photos of pamphlets you may have encountered at school or in the workplace, the Archive Internet archive encourages you to upload to a collection of your own, preferably tagging it as ‘coronavirus’ so people will be able to find it in the future. Here’s a featured example: https://archive.org/details/2019-nCoV

For more information see https://blog.archive.org/2020/02/13/archiving-information-on-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ and https://netpreserveblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/cdg-collection-novel-coronavirus/.

In other news, the old Bethesda forums (https://forums.bethsoft.com) are expected to be shutting down in a few hours. The forums had been read-only for the last 2 years or so, and there are quite a few snapshots. The community has already moved onto the aptly named bethesda.net/community.
That’s about it for this week.
Stay tuned for next week’s summary, where we’ll hopefully see each other again same time next week at EST 9 AM!

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