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Saturday, February 2 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Science Blogs Are One Hard Drive Crash From Oblivion: Or, How do we go About Preserving Science Blogs?

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Recently many blog post archives on scienceblogs.com went offline. (Temporarily) Based on tweets just after the outage this is a real problem to many people. One issue is the disappearance of links for citations in scientific papers. This points out a "real" problem, data can be ephemeral. We are all here because we think science blogs matter, and as we see science blogs being further integrated into science communication we know we need to figure out better ways to make sure big chunks of the science blogs universe don't just disappear overnight.The goal of this session is to try and hash out some practical ideas for how we might go about preserving a wide swath of science blogs.

1. Do we want to create an opt-in list where anyone with a science blog can alert libraries and archives that they are happy to give their permission to archive their blog? (If so how would something like that work?)
2. What role can different kinds of libraries and archives play in preserving science blogs? For those affiliated with universities, how could institutional repositories become means for preserving this content?
3. Would some org be interested in creating a science blogs archive or repository that would not just aggregate feeds, but save copies of them?

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Trevor Owens

Head, Digital Content Management, Library of Congress
Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries. Owens serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management for Library Services at the Library of Congress.

Saturday February 2, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 7b

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