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Cristóbal Palmer at Splatspace for Technoactivism 3rd Mondays

Who: Cristóbal Palmer, technical director of ibiblio.org
What:TA3M aka Technoactivism Third Mondays talk
When: Monday November 18 at 7 pm (EST-US)
Where: Splatspace in Durham, NC
About: The Challenge of Archiving Dynamic Websites at ibiblio
Slides from Cristóbal’s talk

This month’s presentation is on ibiblio, and the challenge of archiving dynamic websites. ibiblio is the Public’s Library and Digital Archive. It hosts a range of collections across many disciplines. Their core task — providing infrastructure for digital collection development and preservation of digital content — has gotten more challenging over time. Sites made before roughly 1997 are relatively easy to archive. With a few exceptions (RIP blink tag), they render today just like they did in 1997, and the only concerns of the archivist are those of the underlying media: flipped bits or crashed disk heads, for example. This talk will give a brief introduction to archiving digital content and will then explore more complex archiving problems faced today. We’ll close with a call to action and discussion of how the challenges of archiving dynamic websites might be overcome.

Cristóbal Palmer

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Who will be Comin’ Round the Mountain?

Roger McGuinn’s Folkden song for November is “She’ll be comin’ round the mountain [when she comes].” Roger notes in his description of the song:

Widely believed to be a children’s song, “She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain” has some interesting roots. It was derived from a spiritual, “When the Chariot Comes” about the second coming of Jesus Christ and the subsequent Rapture. In this version “she” refers to union organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, who traveled the southern United States to promote the formation of labor unions in the Appalachian coal mining camps.
The song was also popular with railroad work gangs in the Midwestern United States in the 1890s.

This variation with the answers “Yum Yum, Hi Babe, Whoa Back, Yee Ha” was one my wife Camilla learned as a child in her Beaufort, South Carolina elementary school.

6 White Horses - from Folkden.com

Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index, here at ibiblio, lists a number of versions and alternatives including: Old Ship of Zion ; When the Chariot Comes (noted also by Roger); If You’re All for Freedom ; Ten Virgins; If You Want to Get Your Freedom ; Ding Dong Dollar; She’ll Be Skiing Down the Mountain (from Songs for Swingin’ Housemothers) ; They’ll Be Coming Round ; Coming Down the Chimney (by Raffi).

While “She’ll be coming round the mountain” isn’t the most reused and rewritten song in the folk tradition, it has had a very active life. At eTree.org, you can download a concert by the Funky Meters (2011 at the Brooklyn Bowl) during which “She’ll be coming round the mountain” is performed between “Iko Iko” and “Junco Partner” all just before “Midnight Rider” (Gregg Allman version).

If you are interested in Mary Harris “Mother” Jones’ life and times, an audio version of her Autobiography is available for free download from our friends and former ibiblio contributors at LibriVox.

Mother Jones via LibriVox.org

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Skeletons from the ibiblio Vault

From the ibiblio Time Machine:
Ryan Thornburg and others from Rich Beckman‘s 1996 class document #halloween in Chapel Hill, NC
(enjoy the broken image maps, links and old school lowlight video from the very scary past)

1996 on Franklin Street
“Click here for more” – as we used to say in 1996

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