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Library of Congress' Twitter Archive Project in Limbo

Magazine article Information Management

Library of Congress' Twitter Archive Project in Limbo

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It was something to tweet about: In the spring of 2010, the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC) announced it had acquired Twitter's entire archive of tweets and was planning to make it all available to researchers.

But more than five years in, the project is in limbo, Politico reported. The library is struggling with how to manage an archive of half a trillion tweets, and no date has been set for it to be available.

LOC spokeswoman Gayle Osterberg said in an e-mail to Politico that the library is still making progress on the Twitter Research Access project.

"The Library has been working to index the collection and develop use policies," while having to balance "the size and dynamic nature of the Twitter platform" and "the resource realities of a public institution," she said.

The library also has created the Twitter Access Group, which includes technology, research, legal, and library science experts, and is charged with opening up the archive sooner rather than later. …

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