Off the Record: Archiving the Web, Managing Change, and Releasing the “Kraken” of Conspiracy Theory Records

Off the Record

Tune in monthly for a curated collection of articles we found interesting on a broad range of topics; some which are directly related to records management and others which might share common themes.

No, we didn’t write these articles —hence the name of this series, “Off the Record”— , but fortunately we didn’t need to in order to share the knowledge with our subscribers.

Let us know in the comments below what topics you are interested in learning more about!


May Chapter Workshop- “Change Management” – Austin ARMA

Come out to the Austin ARMA Chapter May workshop on May 19, 2017 to hear John P. Frost speak about change management, a key concept integral to the success of projects.

Registrations should be received by Wednesday, May 17, so if you’re interested act fast.

Workshop Agenda
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm Registration
1:00 pm to 1:05 pm   Announcements & Introduction
1:05 pm to 4:00 pm   Workshop
Breaks will be taken
Light Refreshments will be available
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Close Workshop

COST:
$35.00 for Members
$45 for Non-Members

“Internet Archive Announces Broader Crawler Scope” – Bit-Tech

The Internet Archive’s most popular feature, the Wayback Machine, a service allowing users to query the collected captures of web pages that otherwise would be lost, will now ignore the robots.txt file when crawling the web. Previously the Wayback Machine would respect the appearance of the file, used by webmasters to keep automated content crawlers from capturing certain information and directories. Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, described the change saying the robots.txt files do not serve the archival purposes of the tool: “We see the future of web archiving relying less on robots.txt file declarations geared toward search engines, and more on representing the web as it really was, and is, from a user’s perspective”.

“Last Secret JFK Files Could Be Released Soon” – History

In what is sure to be a heyday for conspiracy theorists, barring executive intervention, this summer the National Archives will begin the process of releasing what remains of the top-secret files and records, some 3,600 files mostly from the CIA and FBI, about the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. However the President could step in to block the release of some or all of the records on grounds of threatening national security.

The collection was established within the National Archives in 1992 under the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act signed into law by President George H.W. Bush; additionally the law sets up a plan for systematically declassifying the records, stipulating they’d all be made public by October 26, 2017, the 25th anniversary of the law.