Blogs are increasingly becoming the grey literature of our time, and at least some may need preservation. I use this blog for many semi-reputable activities – an open notebook of thoughts – a means of presenting talks and snapshots of activities of value to me. This blog, and others in the Blue Obelisk, are being used by Beth Ritter-Guth as a resource for het rhetorical work. This, at least, demands an element of preservation.
So simple questions:
- should they be reposited in the institutional repository?
- if so, how? (zipped at regular intervals? presumably not after every comment?)
This may appear trivial, but it isn’t. Having had logins at several institutions (Glaxo, Daresbury, BioMOO, Nottingham, Birkbeck, Cambridge) in the last 10 years I have lost significant amounts of my digital scholarship with each move. I have to resort to fragments floating around in random webcaches – it’s remarkable how long they survive…
(I now have the spellchecker… 🙂