Two interesting projects, both (mostly) taking place outside of “our” community.
The Yahoo! Time Capsule: Between October 10 and November 8, people can submit photos, writings, etc. to document the 30-day time period. I took a quick peek at the site today, and the thing that struck me what how international it is — it seemed like most of the photos that I looked at were from Central and South America, and some Asian postings, when I’d expect it to be mostly Americans posting and contributing.
When the project is completed, it will be “sealed and entrusted” (whatever that means) to the Smithsonian Folkways project. This will present an interesting challenge for digital preservation. I completely agree with Jeanne over at Spellbound that the statement (on the overview page) “This is the first time that digital data will be gathered and preserved for historical purposes,” is completely nutty. I don’t see this as at all the same as the efforts of the Internet Archive, but it’s a silly statement nonetheless.
Tomorrow, the UK-based History Matters, One Day in History “mass blog” will go live — UK residents are invited to contribute blog entries to document a completely ordinary day. This collection will be contributed to the British Library, as part of the Web Archive in Modern British Collections. Since it will be part of the web archive, it’s a little clearer to me how the collection will be wrapped and stored (as ARC files, I would assume).
Incidentally, tomorrow the US population is supposed to reach 300 million people. Even though it’s impossible to tell who that person will be (an immigrant coming into the country or someone born tomorrow, who can say?), you can keep an eye on this and the world population at the U.S. Census’ Population Clocks page.