Collect-All ARchives to COmmunity MEMories

With the aim of leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowds for Intelligent Preservation, ARCOMEM (Collect-All ARchives to COmmunity MEMories), a three-year European project funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) and under Project No 270239, starts in January 2011. In this project, the Internet Memory Foundation contributes to develop technologies and collections to explore new possibilities in automated content selection and preservation.

ARCOMEM is about memory institutions like archives, museums, and libraries in the age of the Social Web. Social media are becoming more and more pervasive in all areas of life. In the many countries, for example, it is now not unknown for a government minister to answer a parliamentary question using Twitter, and this material is both ephemeral and highly contextualised, making it increasingly difficult for a political archivist to decide what to preserve.

In this context ARCOMEM:
• will show how social media can help archivists select material for inclusion, providing content appraisal via the social web
• show how social media mining can enrich archives, moving towards structured preservation around semantic categories
• look at social, community and user-based archive creation methods.

As results of this activity, the outcomes of the ARCOMEM project will include:
• innovative models and tools for social Web driven content appraisal and selection, and intelligent content acquisition
• novel methods for social Web analysis, Web crawling and mining, event and topic detection and consolidation, and multimedia content mining
• reusable components for archive enrichment and contextualization
• two complementary example applications, the first for media-related Web archives and the second for political archives
• a standards-oriented ARCOMEM demonstration system.

The impact of these outcomes will be to reduce the risk of losing irreplaceable ephemeral web information, facilitate cost-efficient and effective archive creation, and support the creation of more valuable archives.

For the ARCOMEM project, Internet Memory will implement the appraisal and selection component of social Web content and will apply the ARCOMEM results to its collections.

The ARCOMEM consortium is lead of the University of Sheffield (USFD).
Besides the Internet Memory Foundation, Leibniz University Hannover - L3S Research Center (LUH), Yahoo! Research (Yahoo), University of Southampton (SOTON), Athens Technology Center SA (ATC), Athena Research and Innovation Center in ICKT (AYHENA), Institut Télécom, Télécom Paris Tech (IT), Deutsche Welle (DW), Suedwestrundfunk (SWR), Hellenic Parliament (HEP), Austrian Parliament (AUP) are involved.

For more information on Collect-All ARchives to COmmunity MEMories, please visit the Project website and follow it on Twitter.