As Mashable reports, the White House is looking for someone to archive their social network materials. I considered actually developing a proposal, but the proposal is due in two weeks, and then they want “off the shelf” implementation in 30 days. I suspect this means they have a product in mind, and I’d be interested to know what it is.
Far more interesting to me, however, is whether they will make these archives immediately available to the public, as well as to the National Archives, etc. If not, they should. There’s no good reason not to. But that doesn’t mean they will.
More to the point, if not, we should. So, assuming I don’t answer the RFQ from the White House–and given my schedule right now, that’s a good assumption–does someone want to help cobble together an archiving system for the White House site, Twitter feed, Facebook page, etc.? They are looking for comments as well, but I would want to go further, and look for re-tweets, in-links, and the like. It’s a non-trivial effort, but the system could have good research and commercial uses beyond the White House.