NARA RFI seeks help on presidential social media archives – MeriTalk

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is requesting information from the private sector on how it could improve the way social media data is collected and archived from previous presidential administrations, according to a published request for information (RFI) on website.

In coordination with the Director of Presidential Libraries, NARA administers a network of libraries that house a multitude of written and published materials from previous presidential administrations for public consumption. Previous administrations have used a third-party tool to collect and archive social media data from various platforms, such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. This information is then transferred to the National Archives for permanent preservation.

However, since NARA provides public access to social media posts through their respective platforms, the full data record – which may include edited or deleted content – is not shown. For this reason, NARA decided to move away from this method of data collection.

NARA is looking for companies who are able and interested in using agile development processes to design, develop and implement interactive and user-friendly Presidential Library website functionality to present archived social media data that meets NARA and Federal standards.

The potential entrepreneur would conduct audience research to determine usability and best practices, design a scalable look and feel, provide web development, migrate exported data, configure a search engine, review and test the component, assist during component launch and provide launch assistance.

Interested companies must respond to the RFI before July 26.

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