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Towards building a blog preservation platform

Abstract

Social media content and user participation has increased dramatically since the advent of Web 2.0. Blogs have become relevant to every aspect of business and personal life. Nevertheless, we do not have the right tools to aggregate and preserve blog content correctly, as well as to manage blog archives effectively. Given the rising importance of blogs, it is crucial to build systems to facilitate blog preservation, safeguarding an essential part of our heritage that will prove valuable for current and future generations. In this paper, we present our work in progress towards building a novel blog preservation platform featuring robust digital preservation, management and dissemination facilities for blogs. This work is part of the BlogForever project which is aiming to make an impact to the theory and practice of blog preservation by creating guidelines and software that any individual or organization could use to preserve their blogs.

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Kasioumis, N., Banos, V. & Kalb, H. Towards building a blog preservation platform. World Wide Web 17, 799–825 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11280-013-0234-4

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Keywords

  • Blog preservation
  • Web archiving