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
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