I just asked this on Twitter, and suggestions are coming in fast, so I’ll use this post as a way of documenting them and re-posting the question. I’m looking for examples of repositories actively collecting social media material (that is, things posted on Facebook, blogs, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) regarding a specific event or topic. I’m also interested in following up to learn whether or not the repository asked permission from those who create the material or not. In some cases it appears that people were asked to contribute (as in the UVa site) but in most others it looks like the creators were not contacted.
This is what people have suggested so far–I haven’t look yet at the content of all of these to see if are what I’m looking for, but they’re all interesting. It would also be interesting to learn to what degree these collections have been “accessioned” into the repository’s holdings and what plans are for long-term preservation, etc. Or are these just online platforms for access (as The Texas Collection by Baylor University on Storify seems to be).
National Library of Ireland, collections documenting the 2011 general and presidential elections
University of Virginia, materials relating to the resignation and reinstatement of President Teresa Sullivan
The Tamiment Library, Sites with the topic “Occupy Wall Street” (“No advanced permission, but we honor robots txt exclusions and have a take down policy.”
Queens College’s Archiving Occupy Project collected “digital traces” with the permission of the creators (see their Collection Development policy in the About section).
Syracuse University, Boston Marathon Tweets (not clear if those are actually part of an accessioned collection or not)
Our Marathon, Northeastern University (not sure if it has social media, not to check)
@MuseumofLondon captured tweets around the Olympics #citizencurators–Life in London during the Games
UK Web archives captures blogs and websites around events (presumably also including some blogs)
Arab American National Museum, many collections on Archive-It, but see for example Arab America on Social Media
Bentley collected #bbum tweets related to the Being Black at University of Michigan campaign (no link yet, still ongoing)
Minnesota 2.0, a student project with an interesting model, and regarding permissions: “each image in this archive has been “scrubbed” of directly identifying information: last names and personal photos have been blurred.”