POST: The Invention & Dissemination of the Transparent GIF

Trevor Owens (Institute of Museum and Library Services) authored a post about the invention and dissemination of the transparent GIF, noting: “These invisible files have a story to tell, and I think exploring there presence and traces in web archives can end up illustrating some ideas for modes of researching in web archives.” [sic] Owens closes with some points of consideration:

  • Lots of Potential in Exploring Web Archives by Hash Value
  • Essential Need to Document Crawling Practices & for Looking for Traces of Crawling Practices
  • The Value of Multiple Archives
  • The Value of Records of Multiple Copies
  • Hashes are Still Just One Way of Characterizing


dh+lib Review

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