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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 


Conceptualizing Emergent Archival Forms: A Case Study of the Occupy Wall Street "Archive"
Zack Lischer-Katz

Monday, 6:30pm


Summary

In this paper, the author begins to conceptualize how online archival collections can be understood and evaluated. The author uses the Occupy Wall Street archival project as a case study for looking at this new form of archive, one constituted by multiple institutions and multiple websites.  Expanding the concept of interface as a tool for examining an archival collection that transcends typical physical demarcation, the author analyzes the connections between different archival websites and institutions, and draws conclusions about the general nature of online archival collections dispersed across various organizations and websites. The paper provides a new approach for research into online archives, suggesting future avenues of inquiry, including future work on studying user behavior within these types of archives.