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BESOCIAL : towards a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium

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The amount of digital data we produce every day is mind-boggling. The content produced on social media fuels the flood of data. However, social media content is very ephemeral and is often not archived by universities or heritage institutional stakeholders, creating serious challenges for (digital) scholars who want to use the content of archived social media as a source. Also, the absence of social media in national web archiving initiatives raises great challenges of preserving our digital heritage and supporting the understanding of contemporary society and its future. This poster abstract introduces BESOCIAL (2020-2022) – launched by KBR and financed by BELSPO1 -, a cross-university collaborative and interdisciplinary project with a goal to develop a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium. This project builds on the PROMISE research project (2017-2019), which developed a strategy for archiving Belgian websites. Together with an interdisciplinary team – CRIDS2 , CENTAL3 , IDLab4 , GhentCDH5 , and MICT6 – , a Belgian opening in the social media archiving landscape is made. The goal is to create a strategy for analyzing social media expressions from a linguistic, cultural, historical, … perspective. In this way, this “new” form of born digital data will be preserved and searchable as part of our cultural heritage.
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Web Archiving, Research, Social Media Archiving (SMA), Social Media, Interdisciplinarit

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Messens, Fien, et al. “BESOCIAL : Towards a Sustainable Strategy for Archiving and Preserving Social Media in Belgium.” DH Benelux 2021, Abstracts, 2021.
APA
Messens, F., Birkholz, J. M., Chambers, S., Geeraert, F., Michel, A., Mechant, P., … Rolin, E. (2021). BESOCIAL : towards a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium. In DH Benelux 2021, Abstracts. Leiden, The Netherlands.
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Messens, Fien, Julie M. Birkholz, Sally Chambers, Friedel Geeraert, Alejandra Michel, Peter Mechant, Eveline Vlassenroot, et al. 2021. “BESOCIAL : Towards a Sustainable Strategy for Archiving and Preserving Social Media in Belgium.” In DH Benelux 2021, Abstracts.
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Messens, Fien, Julie M. Birkholz, Sally Chambers, Friedel Geeraert, Alejandra Michel, Peter Mechant, Eveline Vlassenroot, Sven Lieber, Anastasia Dimou, Patrick Watrin, and Eva Rolin. 2021. “BESOCIAL : Towards a Sustainable Strategy for Archiving and Preserving Social Media in Belgium.” In DH Benelux 2021, Abstracts.
Vancouver
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Messens F, Birkholz JM, Chambers S, Geeraert F, Michel A, Mechant P, et al. BESOCIAL : towards a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium. In: DH Benelux 2021, Abstracts. 2021.
IEEE
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F. Messens et al., “BESOCIAL : towards a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium,” in DH Benelux 2021, Abstracts, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2021.
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  abstract     = {{The amount of digital data we produce every day is mind-boggling. The content produced on social media fuels the flood of data. However, social media content is very ephemeral and is often not archived by universities or heritage institutional stakeholders, creating serious challenges for (digital) scholars who want to use the content of archived social media as a source. Also, the absence of social media in national web archiving initiatives raises great challenges of preserving our digital heritage and supporting the understanding of contemporary society and its future.

This poster abstract introduces BESOCIAL (2020-2022) – launched by KBR and financed by BELSPO1 -, a cross-university collaborative and interdisciplinary project with a goal to develop a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium. This project builds on the PROMISE research project (2017-2019), which developed a strategy for archiving Belgian websites. Together with an interdisciplinary team – CRIDS2 , CENTAL3 , IDLab4 , GhentCDH5 , and MICT6 – , a Belgian opening in the social media archiving landscape is made. The goal is to create a strategy for analyzing social media expressions from a linguistic, cultural, historical, … perspective. In this way, this “new” form of born digital data will be preserved and searchable as part of our cultural heritage.}},
  author       = {{Messens, Fien and Birkholz, Julie M. and Chambers, Sally and Geeraert, Friedel and Michel, Alejandra and Mechant, Peter and Vlassenroot, Eveline and Lieber, Sven and Dimou, Anastasia and Watrin, Patrick and Rolin, Eva}},
  booktitle    = {{DH Benelux 2021, Abstracts}},
  keywords     = {{Web Archiving,Research,Social Media Archiving (SMA),Social Media,Interdisciplinarit}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Leiden, The Netherlands}},
  title        = {{BESOCIAL : towards a sustainable strategy for archiving and preserving social media in Belgium}},
  url          = {{https://2021.dhbenelux.org/home/abstracts/}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}