In Washington, D.C., Howard Besser, the director of New York University’s Moving Image Archive program, prepares for a call. His organization in New York, the Activist Archivists, have placed a laptop with Skype on Besser’s usual spot at the table. Their discussion will include best practices on categorizing and mapping Occupy videos, creative commons licensing and informed consent, as well as strategies for digital collaboration.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on November 15, NYPD officers in full riot gear raided Zuccotti Park, and the Occupy Wall Street movement lost its space. Now groups and institutions—including the Smithsonian’s Natural Museum of American History, NYU’s Tamiment Library and the New York Historical Society— are working to enshrine the movement in the form of an archive.
But who, in the end, will get to tell the definitive story?
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