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Web preservation demands access

Daniel Gomes is Arquivo.pt Service Manager for the Foundation for Science and Technology in Portugal. "Collect the web to preserve it?! I don't envy that job." That is a direct quote from my first "real-world" meeting. I was 23 years old, I had just graduated from the University and that was my first job. We were in the year 2000. One year later, we had developed a running prototype to perform selective collection of online publications. It was the first effort to preserve the...

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Archivo web de Proceso de Paz y Posconflicto

Johanna Gallego Gutiérrez is Digital Deposit Manager for Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, in Bogotá La Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia ha iniciado la construcción del Archivo de la web y de recursos estáticos digitales sobre proceso de paz y posconflicto en Colombia. Esta iniciativa pretende recolectar, custodiar, preservar y divulgar, para las generaciones presentes y futuras, la historia web del importante momento que vivimos en nuestro país, a través de las...

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Lossy Accelerant: Surfeit and Fragment in Digital Collections Archives

Jefferson Bailey is Director of Web Archiving Programs for The Internet Archive in the USA Archival collections have always been incomplete. Being homogenous, selective groups of records preserved through time, they support attestation and evidentiary consideration only through their longitudinal availability. Multiple appraisal, selection, and processing strategies have developed over the history of the archival endeavor to address the ways in which the archival collection is, by...

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Losing the Battle to Archive the Web

David S. H. Rosenthal is a retired Chief Scientist for the LOCKSS Program at Stanford Libraries.  Nearly one-third of a trillion Web pages at the Internet Archive is impressive, but in 2014 I reviewed the research into how much of the Web was then being collected and concluded: Somewhat less than half... Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why this simplistic assessment is wildly optimistic. Costa et al ran surveys in 2010 and 2014 and concluded in 2016: during the...

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Web archiving for all! Web archiving with Webrecorder

Guest blogger Anna Perricci at Rhizome introduces us to the Webrecorder In her recent post, Sara Day Thomson described how digital preservation can be a conversation stopper at parties and at passport control. I empathize though for me the puzzlement she describes is a real paradox: as our lives turn increasingly online so it seems obvious that some evidence of our collective neuroses, passions and creativities should be preserved.  Perhaps the web’s most astonishing feature is the...

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Back to the Cave: Communicating the Importance of Web Archiving to Everybody Who Doesn’t Already Care about Web Archiving

      It’s entirely wrong, and it’s the road back to the cave. The way we got out of the caves and into modern civilisation is through the process of understanding and thinking. Those things were not done by gut instinct. -Professor Brian Cox   Chapter 1: Fluent in Eyebrow In keeping with the last few blog posts by William Kilbride and Sarah Higgins, I am going to share my version of the proverbial experience of explaining information profession jobs to outsiders....

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Preserve to Innovate: De-brief on Web Archiving Week 2017 in London

  From the 12th to the 16th June, the member institutions of IIPC and researchers from a surprising array of backgrounds gathered at the Senate House in London for Web Archiving Week – an amalgamation of the Archives Unleashed hackathon, the annual IIPC conference, and the ReSAW Conference. The week’s activities conveyed a healthy and vibrant picture of current capture and curation practices as well as the use of archived web content for research.

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Web Archiving Week: 12th - 16th June 2017

Web Archiving Week events will be held at Senate House & the British Library, London between 12th - 16th June 2017 The excitement of instant information from the internet for archivists and historians has been tempered by concerns about the shelf life of data — the so-called ‘black hole’ of lost material — and the rise of a new generation of ‘born digital’ government archives. For five days (12th–16th June), academics, researchers, archivists, curators and IT developers from across the...

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Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed 4.0 - Web Archive Datathon

http://archivesunleashed.com The British Library, June 11 – 13, 2017    Travel grants will be available for US-based graduate students. Applications for all attendees are due 17th April 2017 Call for Participation from the organisers of Archives Unleashed 4.0 - Web Archive Datathon This event is the fourth workshop in the Archives Unleashed series. Each event is a standalone datathon aimed at building the Web Archiving community and providing a forum for...

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A breakthrough year for web archiving in 2016?

{jcomments on} Anyone who works with web archives quickly becomes used to the fact that most people have not even heard of them – even fewer understand what they are and where you might be able to access them. In 2016, however, it seemed as though web archives began to filter into the public consciousness, to move from the technology pages of the more serious newspapers to the political and even cultural sections. In May 2016, for example, the BBC announced plans to close its Food website,...

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DPC Forum on Web Archiving

The DPC held a one-day web archiving forum at the British Library. The first DPC web archiving forum was held in 2002 to promote the need to archive websites given their increasing importance as information and cultural resources. Four years on, this event again brought together key web archiving initiatives and provided a chance to review progress in the field. The day provided an in-depth picture of the UK Web Archiving project as well as European initiatives. Technical solutions and legal...

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Web-archiving: managing and archiving online documents and records

Web sites are an increasingly important part of each institution's digital assets and of this country's information and cultural heritage. This event, organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), brought together key organisations in the field of web archiving in order to assess the needs of organisations to archive their own and others' web sites, to highlight good practice, and to influence the wider debate about digital preservation. Meeting Report This meeting report provides a...

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