This morning, I had the pleasure to be on CBC’s flagship radio program, The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti, and was interviewed about “Preserving Digital History is Imperative to Save Cultural History.” You can listen to it yourself here.
I closed with a call for what I think should be the next moonshot for Canadian cultural preservation: let’s do non-print legal deposit web archiving like France, Britain, and Denmark. Given the incredible strides Library and Archives Canada has been making over the two plus years, with subject-specific web archiving, I think the moment might almost be here.
In August and September, while I was away on a writing sabbatical, our WebArchives.ca platform of archived political parties and political interest groups received a fair bit of media attention. I was interviewed on CBC Spark about the platform, which was a lot of fun. We also received good write-ups in the CBC and I wrote a short column for them about “5 things I’ve learned from combing an archive of old and deleted political websites.”
Maybe this is as much an advertisement for the importance of public broadcasting to bridging the gap between academia and the public as it is about our adventures in media.