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What Urban threads would you like to see highlighted in the British Library Web Archive?

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by CurateUrban, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. CurateUrban

    CurateUrban New Member

    Hello everyone

    I’ve been a member of U75 for quite a while and I have gained a lot from the community and see it as an important resource

    In my professional capacity I'm a Social Sciences curator at the British Library. At the library we run the UK web archive where we archive and preserve important cultural sites and other information http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/

    Urban75 is in the archive, but the boards look like this


    I think that highlighting postings and threads on Urban could add a real life perspective to contemporary historical events and could also have the potential to be an oral history collection for future generations to use for academic study and family history

    I have an idea for the Urban community to initially choose some threads related to the themes we have set up as special collections so that we can place them and archive them in those collections to capture posters’ perspectives around these themes.


    As a really quick and simple example we could put this thread


    in this collection


    With this in mind, I’m asking for the urban community to curate the best and most relevant content (initially related to these collections) to add to our histories.

    This may seem like I’m asking you to do my job for me, but I want to explore ideas of how to best capture now and the last decade and would like as much input as possible from contributors. In previous generations we would have to capture the stories and perspectives of people through interviews, letters and books, but we are all adding to this record everyday.

    Urban is only one board and although it has many different perspectives if this works then I will look to do similar projects with other communities.

    There is also a lot of work going on about how we visualize this archive in space and time as the flat text model we have at the moment isn’t a great way to research large amounts of data.

    I have set up this login for this project as I want to keep a bit of separation between my personal and professional life. Quite a few of you will be able to easily guess who I am, but please be discrete. ;)

    I'm only really at the ideas/concepts stage with this, it may not even work, so any contributions, suggestions or questions on this are most welcome :)

    I’ve cleared this with Editor
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  2. 8ball

    8ball ...I'm pretty sure it wasn't.

  3. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Dog Wanker
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  4. Jon-of-arc

    Jon-of-arc Trigger warning - BANG!

    This thread.
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  5. smmudge

    smmudge It's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it

    Nazi lobster
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  6. CurateUrban

    CurateUrban New Member

    I thought this might happen :D
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  7. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.


    :cool: though. :)
  8. CurateUrban

    CurateUrban New Member


    Yeah I'm not at the literary end of things at the library
  9. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Inventing an Urban75 tube line.
  10. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  11. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

  12. 8ball

    8ball ...I'm pretty sure it wasn't.

  13. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Why the Lib Dems are shit
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  14. killer b

    killer b Ennui Rollins

    i was just coming here to post that.
  15. CurateUrban

    CurateUrban New Member

  16. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    pogofish and stuff_it like this.
  17. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    The 11/9 offline event where Johnny went apeshit.
  18. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

  19. killer b

    killer b Ennui Rollins

    that thread about unpaid interns on film productions? i seem to remember that being a good combo of useful info and brutal pwnage....
  20. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    Any of methlab's encyclopaedic drug threads.
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  21. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Ooooh, good choice :cool:
  22. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    A flounce thread would have to be included.
  23. killer b

    killer b Ennui Rollins

    shac UK. if you can ressurect it.
  24. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    The Egyptian Uprising thread.
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  25. Mapped

    Mapped London town

  26. Mapped

    Mapped London town

  27. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  28. CurateUrban

    CurateUrban New Member

    In general I think we need a special collection on Arab Spring and Occupy. 'Dissent 2011' or something
  29. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

  30. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Oh yes, yes....

    How many threads are meant to go in there? Should we be making a definitive list of thread types and try to mainly stick to one or two of each type as 'examples'? Or just have threads that everyone liked?

    Would this then include the London/UK Riots etc as well? Or are you lot down at the BL sticking with the party line on this one? ('feral underclass letting off steam in a long hot summer')
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