We received this very nice note, “Permission request to archive Naked Capitalism,” last month from the Library of Congress. We thought we’d share it as part of our fundraiser:
My name is XXXX, and I am a Business Reference Specialist in the Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division (Washington, DC). I also manage and curate the Economics Blogs Web Archive (https://www.loc.gov/collections/economics-blogs-web-archive/about-this-collection/). I would like to get in touch with you about archiving the Naked Capitalism blog (https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/) for this web archive collection of the Library of Congress. The permission request sent from our web archive platform might have gone in your spam folder.
The Economics Blogs Web Archive is a digital collection that includes archived versions of blogs over time. The goal of this web archive is to capture current economic research and original thought as reflected in the blogs by professors of economics, economic policy and/or research institutions and other practitioners of economic disciplines. It is important to preserve this openly available content that covers a variety of topics in economics ranging from general macro or microeconomics to specific sub-topics in finances, taxes or healthcare economics.
For information and FAQ’s about our Web Archiving activities, visit https://www.loc.gov/programs/web-archiving/about-this-program/. Please let me know if you have further questions that are not addressed by the web archiving FAQ’s.
You can grant permission by responding to this message or emailing me at XXXX@loc.gov and we hope you will. We do not crawl websites without permission from site owners.
It appears Naked Capitalism will have lofty company.
And keep in mind, “crawling” almost certainly means copying all content, including comments. Bots aren’t typically smart enough to know where the page ends, plus we imagine archivists would want to have the contemporaneous reactions.
Of course we said yes and thanked XXX and made positive noises about this project, particularly since so much good analysis took place during the financial crisis, yet some informative sites are no longer publishing. We’ve been told by academics that Naked Capitalism is a go-to source for researching the crisis, in part because we quoted key observations from sources that are no longer on line.
We had a sneaking suspicion that XXX had played a part in initing this project. His reply:
Thank you so much for your response and permission to archive Naked Capitalism. We will start crawling as soon as it’s prepared by the tech team.
I also appreciate your comment on the importance of preserving these blogs–that has been my firmly belief as well and I am sure the archive will be of high research importance for years to come.
There is a one year embargo, which means your blog will appear on the Economics Blogs Web Archive (https://www.loc.gov/collections/economics-blogs-web-archive/about-this-collection/) page a year from now. That will be the access point for you and the public to view the archived blog content. We will be continuously archiving blogs in this collection unless they become inactive.
Thank you again, and have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks to all of you for making this milestone possible.