Answer to “How do libraries plan on collecting and archiving the amount of culturally relevant and useful information that exists on the Internet in a way that isn’t dependent on networked redundancies and the existence (and often conflicting interests) of large companies?”

There are a number of different ways that librarians are contributing to archiving the internet.

First, there’s the Internet Archive, which has the support of many major libraries in the United States and around the world.

There is the World Digital Library, Hathi Trust and several other regional and international archiving solutions for existing and new documents.

The National Archives acquiring the Twitter database is one example of culturally relevant and (somewhat) useful information being preserved.

For scholarly publications, there are the LOCKSS and CLOCKSS program run by Stanford university…

Archivists and librarians came up with the PDF/A standard which allows for long term archiving of PDF documents.

Many of the standards are just now being set by archives in the US, LAC/BAC in Canada and by European librarians and archivists.

Originally answered on Quora


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