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  1. Kelly Haydon | Activist Archivists
    October 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for the article, it is a great summary of the challenges and lessons learned of archiving Occupy Wall Street. As a member of Activist Archivists, I noticed some factual discrepancies and righted them in a blog post on our site, http://activist-archivists.org/wp/?p=962

    Most importantly, the statement that “eventually the movement did archive their digital content with NYU,” is an extreme generalization. To our knowledge, the only facet of Occupy Wall Street actively submitting material to NYU’s Tamiment Library is the New York-based Think Tank group. The library is engaged in discussion with other OWS groups, but by no means can it be truthfully stated that OWS as a whole embraces such a partnership with a for-profit institution.

  2. Peterk
    October 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

    was a similar effort put forth to capture, document and preserve the materials from the Tea Party movement? A movement which has had a much greater affect upon the American polity than the OWS movement has or ever will have.

  3. Mike Ashenfelder
    October 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for commenting. Activist Archivists demonstrate by example how archivists can take the initiative to help communities properly preserve their digital collections. The community can be a local neighborhood or it can be a group of like-minded people with a common purpose, spread out geographically, such as the Occupy movement, the Tea Party movement, the Arab Spring or any other “movement.” I hope that more and more archivists will be inspired to help preserve the range of digital stuff generated by people worldwide.

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