Missing Mods: An Examination of an Online Fan Community's Archiving Practices

  • Author / Creator
    Budac, Andrea
  • This project studied the practice of information sharing in the context of online communities devoted to the preservation of video game mods. My research investigates how these fan communities share and archive challenging content, and how they react to the potential and actual loss of these materials. More specifically: how do online fan communities archive the content that their members have created? How do fan communities respond to the disappearance of said content? How do these communities think of and discuss preservation? A brief overview of several sites related to the fan community surrounding Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic will be presented, and data collected from one of these sites was coded and analyzed. This examination offers a unique perspective on the practices of an online community surrounding the storage of digital content. In particular, this examination provides information on how online communities think about archiving fan-created material that is solely shared online.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2022
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  • Degree
    Master of Arts/Master of Library and Information Studies
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Library with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.