Guest post by Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Lead, and Co-Chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group.
You may have read the news last week that the community news website EveryBlock shut its doors rather abruptly. Founded in 2007 with help from a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant, EveryBlock’s goal was to “create, test and release open-source software that links databases to allow citizens of a large city to learn (and act on) civic information about their neighborhood or block.”
The shutdown surprised the founder of the site (who had recently left the company), as well as users, who had no warning and opportunity to download any of their content. An article on the Knight Digital Media Center proclaims this “how NOT to shut down a community site.”
Source: The Signal