Documenting Documenting the Now
Ed Summers & Bergis Jules
Over the past four years the Documenting the Now project has been working to help build a community of practice around social media archiving that centers the ethical concerns of content creators, rather than simply the interests of cultural heritage organizations or social media platforms. Starting in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri the project developed the Ferguson Principles to help guide memory workers who are interested in documenting activism and social movements.
The Ferguson Principles have been put to work in a set of workshops with activist communities in the United States, in order to generate new knowledge practices for memory work in the age of social media. In addition the project has also been actively developing a portfolio of tools for data collection, publishing and analysis and using existing web archiving tools to help cultivate new approaches, and relationships between archivists, researche