Monday, October 17, 2016

Eric Weig speaks at national forum for preserving digital news content

Eric Weig, digital library architect in the Special Collections Research Center, was an invited speaker at the recent Dodging the Memory Hole (DTMH) 2016 national forum “Saving Online News.” The forum, funded primarily through The Institute of Museum and Library Services, was held at the University of Los Angeles.

In addition to his talk titled “Working with CMS,” Eric led a discussion on the topic. He will also serve as a mentor for a graduate SLIS student who won a scholarship to attend the forum and will develop research based on preserving online news content. 

This is the fourth event in the DTMH conference series focusing on preserving digital news content. The name, Dodging the Memory Hole, comes from George Orwell’s “1984,” where photographs and documents conflicting with “Big Brother's” narrative were tossed into a “memory hole” and destroyed.

Today's memory hole is largely the unintentional result of technological systems not designed to keep information for the long term. The three previous DTMH events were held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in Charlotte, N. C., and the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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