Thursday, 15 April 2010

Twitter Archive: tweets become part of history

by Kathryn Hadley

Tweets become part of history
The Library of Congress announced, yesterday, its plans to archive digitally every public tweet ever posted on Twitter since Twitter’s inception in March 2006. Twitter processes over 50 million tweets… We will leave our readers to do the maths, but that it a very significant number of tweets!
Read the press release on the website of the Library of Congress.
Richard Adams also commented on his blog on The Guardian website.

Illustrated London News archive goes live
The archive of the Illustrated London News will be made available online for the first time today, April 15th. 250,000 pages and as many as three-quarters of a million illustrations, from the newspaper’s first publication on May 14th, 1842, to its last in 2003, have been digitally reproduced in colour by Cengage Learning. The archive will be initially available only to libraries and educational institutions.
Jemima Kiss reports in The Guardian. A slideshow of images from the archive is also available on the website of The Guardian.
For further information, visit the website of Cengage Learning.

Previously unheard Jacqueline Kennedy interviews made public
The Guardian reports that Caroline Kennedy has allowed tapes of seven previously unheard interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy to be released. The tapes were recorded in early 1964 in the aftermath of her husband’s assassination and have been sealed up ever since.
Transcripts of the interviews are due to be made into a book as part of a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy administration, which entered the White House in 1961.

Historical Memory in Poland
Yesterday, on the website of The Guardian Kris Kotarski told the story of his great-grandfather, Aleksander Wielebnowski, who was one of the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre. He discusses the significance of the Katyn massacre in Poland’s collective memory and the importance of recent Russian gestures in the aftermath of the Smolensk tragedy.

The bridge that symbolises Germany’s post-war division
Der Spiegel reports on the auction, last weekend, of the historic Dömitz railway bridge over the Elbe River. Previously owned by Germany’s national rail company Deutsche Bahn, the bridge has been bought by a Dutch real estate firm.
The iron bridge, which is around 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) long, was built between 1870 and 1873 and used to be Germany's longest man-made structure. It was largely destroyed by an Allied bombing attack during the Second World War and the post-war division of Germany made repair work impossible. Whilst the former GDR tore down what remained of the bridge on the eastern side, part of the bridge still survives on the western side. It is hoped that the surviving structure will be preserved and that it will be developed as a tourist attraction.
There is also a slideshow of modern and historic images of the bridge on the website of Der Speigel.

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