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Permanence of the web, part 2

May 20, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: news web sites.

A few weeks ago, we posted a short piece on the permanence of the web, commenting that this is one of the great strengths of the web. Information does not deteriorate. If we lose information (and we’ve certainly lost a lot), it’s deliberate or through operator error. News web sites need to do a better job of keeping up with their information, and one of the great debates in online journalism now is how (or if) the files of a news web site should be open free of charge to the public.

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Permanence and the web

May 20, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: news web sites.

Permanence is one of the five most important characteristics of the web (the other four being capacity, immediacy, flexibility, and interactivity), as explained in chapter 1 of Web Journalism. Until now. it has not been the subject of much discussion. But a high-level conference on blogging and journalism at Harvard University last week has spurred thinking about one part of the idea of permanence – archiving.

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