From Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media,Director, Digital Curation graduate program, The University of Maine
Orono, ME Digital conservator Dragan Espenschied and the crew at Rhizome, one of the leading platforms for new media art, have created a tool for archiving social media such as Instagram and Facebook.
Rhizome's novel application enables archivists to act as "human spiders" (my term) to mouse around a Web page and capture HTTP requests and responses in real time. Called Colloq, it's a bit like surfing the Web while wearing a GoPro helmet, but the result is interactive HTML rather than a video capture. The resulting WARC files can be reconstituted into interactive pages for future users.
• A Dynamic New Tool to Preserve the Friendsters of the Future - NYTimes.com: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/a-new-tool-to-preserve-moments-on-the-internet
• The Many Uses of Rhizome’s New Social Media Preservation Tool - Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/157039/the-many-uses-of-rhizomes-new-social-media-preservation-tool/
Rhizome, a New York nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and conserving digital artwork