The digital archives of OccupyWallStreet

Posted by TG Daily Staff

A number of museums and institutions have moved to archive both physical and digital paraphernalia associated with the evolving OccupyWallStreet (OWS) movement.

According to the Associated Press, at least 6 major museums and organizations, including the Smithsonian and New York Historical Society, are collecting various material produced or linked to OWS - with the Museum of the City of New York planning an exhibition on Occupy for January 2012.

The digital archives of OccupyWallStreet

"[Of course] there are probably people in Occupy Wall Street who the last thing they want is to have their materials in a library or museum somewhere," said NYHS library director Jean Ashton, who emphasized that she preferred if the institutions collaborate with the participants.

"[That way], we know more about the movement and the stories behind the collected materials."

Meanwhile, - hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University - has already collected approximately 2,500 digital items, including compressed files of entire Occupy websites and hundreds of images extracted from Flickr.

"This kind of social movement is probably more interesting to me, to be honest about it," explained Sheila Brennan, the associate director of public projects. 

"And also so much of it is happening digitally. On webpages on Twitter... 
I guess I didn't see as much of that with the Tea party."

Indeed, as Ben Alexander, head of special collections and archives at Queens College points out, Occupy is currently trending heavily on the 'Net and in the public consciousness.

"[Yes], Occupy is sexy. It [definitely] sounds hip, [and so] a lot of people want to be associated with it."