10 years ago, I started (and very soon ended) my career as a writer, on a cultural website called Fluctuat.net.
This website, after 17 years and a few thousand articles, unfortunately disappeared amongst general indifference.
Though relieved to discover that no one could read my 'brilliant' articles any more, I wondered: where do all those webpages go when they're no longer online? Is there life after online death?
In an article in French newspaper, Le Monde, Morgane Tual explains that the French National Library is now partnering with The Internet Archive - a non-profit digital library. For 20 years now, they have been storing obsolete articles that have been taken offline, and they currently have more than 26 billion files.
Why curators are caring about the Internet?
What shall we archive & how?
And can we broadcast those archives to the public?
« Pour moi, c’est sur le Web que la connaissance de la société d’aujourd’hui se bâtira dans le futur. Ce sera un matériau fantastique pour les chercheurs, parce qu’il n’y a pas de médiation, ça concerne tout le monde. Notre mission est de créer les conditions pour que ce soit conservé. »