5-3-10: The Perplexing Task of Archiving Virtual Worlds
Library archives are full of old newspapers on microfilm, early popular music on 78 r.p.m. discs, and old radio broadcasts on reel to reel tape. But what if someone 50 years from now wants to study the virtual world Second Life? How in the world do you archive a virtual world?
Nathan talks to two people who are trying. Kari Kraus, assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, and Rachel Donahue, one of Kari’s doctoral students, are part of the Preserving Virtual Worlds project.
Read Clay Risen’s story “Pac Rat” in The Atlantic.