Jason Kottke is writing about how the new Whitehouse.gov website doesnâ€™t archive old Presidential websites. As I have written about before, the Canadian Prime Ministerâ€™s website does just as poor job of preserving the archives of Canadian Prime Ministers.
While I was looking around online to see if I could find the archives of the website, I found some of the websites of some former prime ministers online. The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney both have websites. The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark has a website but he uses his wives domain name (insert tired old joke here). I canâ€™t find a website for Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Rt. Hon. John Turner or most alarmingly for three term Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien. Now Library and Archives Canada has a pretty good website but it doesnâ€™t have the electronic archives of the website. In addition to the removal from public circulation of a lot of photos, speeches, and history, it turns Wikipedia entries into the more of less the keeper of Canadian history.
As I have said before, how hard can it be to keep chretien.pm.gc.ca, martin.pm.gc.ca, or even diefenbaker.pm.gc.ca with their own archives being released to Flickrâ€™s Common project? When you look at the coverage and excitement over the National Film Board opening up their archives, I think the creation of a permanent historical archives of the men and women that led Canada would add something to Canadaâ€™s story as well.