I’ve previously described how JISC have funded development work for the Twapper Keeper Twitter archiving service and that I am the project manager for this work.
The initial area of work addressed the robustness of the service by seeking to “ensure the Twapper Keeper service could continue to be a viable platform for archiving tweets“. As described on the Twapper Keeper blog “numerous operational / infrastructure issues were addressed“.
The second area to be addressed was the functionality of the service, both to end users of the Web interface and to developers who may wish to make use of the Twapper Keeper APIs. The Twapper Keeper blog was used to gather suggestions for developments to the user interface and the APIs. In May a summary of the Plans for Updates to Twapper Keeper Functionality and APIs was published and these updates have now been implemented.
The final area of work was to address the longer term sustainability of the service. The approach taken was to minimise the risks of loss of the centralised Twapper Keeper by ensuring that the software components were available as open source.
On 25 August the Twapper Keeper blog “Announced yourTwapperKeeper – archive your own tweets on your own server!“. This provided the information that “As part of our partnership with JISC, we are now releasing an open version of Twapper Keeper that is designed to run on your own server“.
So in addition to the main Twapper Keeper service there is now an “open / downloadable version that can be run on your server!” which is available from Google Projects. In addition there is also an option whereby you can subscribe to a hosted version of the Twapper Keeper service.
And, of course, you can export your data from Twapper Keeper in a variety of formats (HTML, RSS, JSON and MS Excel).
I’m pleased that the JISC funding for this development work has provided various benefits, not only for end users but also for the developer community. But most importantly, I feel, are the ways in which the development approaches have sought to address the much more challenging issues of the longer term sustainability.