BLOGFOREVER will develop robust digital preservation, management and dissemination facilities for weblogs. These facilities will be able to capture the dynamic and continuously evolving nature of weblogs, their network and social structure, and the exchange of concepts and ideas that they foster; pieces of information omitted by current Web Archiving methodsand solutions.
BLOGFOREVER will lay its foundations on exploring weblog structure and semantics, as well as their interconnections and associations with other web information entities, in order to create a generic weblog data model. This model will be used to define a robust digital preservation policy for weblogs, including interoperability and digital rights management issues. A
pilot weblog digital repository will then be developed and validated through a set of case studies. The repository will not only unlock people’s and organisations’ abilities to access and preserve weblog content but will also enable them to understand its evolving social context over time.
The final output of BLOGFOREVER will be a simple weblog digital archiving solution that any user, user group or institution could use to preserve their weblog(s) and ensure their authenticity, integrity, completeness, usability, and long term accessibility as a valuable cultural, social, and intellectual resource. A multitude of parties will benefit from the project, including libraries and information centres, museums, universities, research institutes, businesses, and bloggers.
The BLOGFOREVER partners will combine and utilise multidisciplinary skills, expertise, and ongoing work in the fields of weblogs analytics, web semantics, social networks, and online preservation. Academic partners will study weblog semantics and the social importance of weblogs; business entities will guarantee the successful take-up and exploitation of the project’s
outputs. Representatives from bloggers communities will ensure that the results cover their needs. The consortium as a whole is diverse and combines multidisciplinary skills and expertise suitable for the planned research.