Ben proposes an alternative to archive.org: changing the fundamental nature of DNS.
Regarding the boo-hooing of how hard companies have it maintaining unprofitable URLs, I think Ben hasn’t considered the possibility of a handover to a cooperative of users—something that might yet happen with MySpace (at least there’s a campaign to that effect; it will probably come to naught). As Ben rightly points on, domain names are leased, not bought, so the idea of handing them over to better caretakers isn’t that crazy.
An introduction to the important work of digital archivists:
Much like the family member that collects, organizes, and identifies old family photos to preserve one’s heritage, digital archivists seek to do the same for all mankind.
I’m going to try to make it along to this event in London next month.
A worrying report on the state of digital preservation and the web, specifically in the UK. Welcome to the memory hole.
How the Mormon Church are storing and preserving genealogical data inside a mountain.
The editor of New Scientist writes about deletionists and preservationists while adding his own personal poignant perspective.
A detailed look at how French archivists go about preserving websites.