Jefferson Bailey of Metropolitan New York Library Council and Joshua Ranger of AudioVisual Preservation Solutions are the hosts of our favorite podcast about archives and preservation, “More Podcast, Less Process” (Ok, maybe it’s the only podcast we listen to regularly at Archive-It).
In the most recent episode the hosts are joined by two Archive-It Partners: Alex Thurman from Columbia University Libraries and Lily Pregill from the Frick Art and Reference Library. They discuss their process in web archiving, what they are looking forward to in their web archiving programs, and more. As an additional bonus, the conversation is lighthearted and funny!
Take a listen here! It’s an excellent opportunity to dive into the brain of a couple experienced web archivists and Archive-It partners!
Library of Congress’s Signal Blog posted about the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Sochi Olympic collection, a collaboration between IIPC member institutions, the Internet Archive, and Archive-It.
It is a great read if you are curious how an international collaborative web archiving project is organized, and how websites are selected to be archived.
For this current 2014 Olympics project, the various IIPC member institutions are all recommending their own list of websites to be included. For example, the Library of Congress has recommended 131 web sites. As described by Michael Neubert, Supervisory Digital Projects Specialist here at the Library: “The selection of most sites for such collections is mechanical, in that we know we want sites for the various US teams – each team sport has its own site, for example, then along with that site there will be various social media sites/channels. In order to optimize the crawls, we nominate the social media separately. In addition to the team sites, we also chose a limited number of news media sites where the coverage of the Olympics seemed segregated from the rest of the site.”
After the URLs are selected to be archived, Internet Archive crawl engineer Adam Miller captures the sites on a weekly basis and Archive-It partner specialist Sylvie Rollason-Cass oversees the process in the Archive-It web application, including scoping, crawl management, quality assurance, and metadata upload. While still a work in progress, the collection is publicly available on Archive-it.org here.
Archive-It serves nearly 300 partner organizations globally to archive and provide access to cultural heritage on the web. Please join us in welcoming two new organizations to the Archive-It community:
Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections
The Loyola University Chicago Archives & Special Collections are part of the Loyola University Libraries with the mission to collect and preserve the history of Loyola University Chicago and assist researchers in using the collections.
They will be using Archive-It to capture a diverse range of websites that make up Loyola University Chicago’s web presence.
The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is a trade association representing the convenience and fuel retailing industry primarily in the United States but also in 50 other countries. NACS conducts market research, political and legal advocacy, and hosts conferences and trade shows.
They will preserve the history of NACS and its websites by archiving press releases, news articles, NACS Show and event content, as well as make this data searchable.
Today we are excited to share a press release from DuraCloud, a digital preservation service from the DuraSpace organization.
After an initial pilot period, they are now offering a new feature to preserve Archive-It data for subscribers to DuraCloud. In addition to Archive-It’s existing storage and access offerings, DuraCloud is another option for off-site preservation that includes the ability to back up content in the cloud, access automatic content health checks and health reports, and is directly integrated with Amazon Glacier as an additional option for very low-cost storage.
For more information, please check out their press release here.
Archive-It partners can sign up for the service and contact the DuraCloud team through the DuraCloud web site (duracloud.org/archive-it), which includes more information and pricing.
There is a special introductory offer for Archive-It partners who subscribe to DuraCloud by March 31, 2013: the content transfer fee will be waived.
She recently interviewed Maureen McCormick Harlow, NDSR resident at National Library of Medicine on her blog. It is an excellent discussion about creating a thematic collection of content archived from the web, detailing the decision making process of selecting URLs to be archived as well as the workflow in assuring the quality of archived websites. In the end, Harlow hopes to develop collections on Eating Disorders, Sexual Assault, and Autism and Alzheimer’s. In her own words:
Web archives are so important because things are changing so often, and the Internet reflects that. In the course of a year, you can see huge changes in how things are understood just on the Internet. As I said earlier, I specifically chose topics for which our current understanding is in flux. I want to be able to collect at a point of change so that future researchers have critical information at this point in time.
Will you be attending the 2014 Museums and the Web conference in Baltimore April 2-5? If so, consider attending Archive-It Partner Specialist Lori Donovan’s workshop, “Untangling the Web: How Museums Can Enhance Collections Through Web Archiving”.
Description of the Workshop:
The focus of this half-day workshop will be on archiving web content created by or of interest to museums to fulfill their mission and meet their goals. Most museums put a great deal of effort into establishing a dynamic and engaging web presence for their institution, as well as collecting and exhibiting physical objects. However many are not currently preserving their web presence as it evolves over time and/or making accessible web content related to their institution’s mission and existing collections. This workshop will be geared towards those new to web archiving and will provide a comprehensive overview of the topic, including: specific museum use cases, discuss best practices, lessons learned, challenges and successes and provide hands-on experience of the full web archiving lifecycle – from selection to capture to access using Archive-It, a web archiving service from the Internet Archive. The workshop will draw from the Internet Archive’s experiences as leaders in the web archiving community, as well as current literature in the field, and incorporate compelling examples from our numerous museum and art library Archive-It partners who have incorporated web archiving into their collecting programs. Learn more and register
Attention Archive-It Partners: We want to hear what is important to you for Archive-It 5.0!
At our annual Partner Meeting in November, 56 Archive-It users participated in a brainstorming session for our 5.0 release, which will be a major overhaul of the service at all levels of the web application. This stage of development is an excellent opportunity to “think big” about crawling content, analyzing archived content, and managing collections in Archive-It. We want your input on our new 5.0 Feature Request Forum!
We’ve compiled the full list of prospective features on the forum for partners to discuss. There is also an opportunity to request new features. The forum can be accessed through our support system and the “Submit a Question” link in the web application. It requires an Archive-It username and password to access. We are inviting users to contribute in a few different ways:
1. Like features:
We all know how to click a “like” button online, so why not let us know what features are more important to you by clicking on the Like button?
2. Share your use cases!
What kinds of access statistics are you looking for your collections? What changes to the Wayback banner would you like to see? What kinds of information are missing from reports? Let us know how your organization uses current features, or would benefit from improvements by commenting on feature requests.
3. Create a new feature request!
Are we missing anything? Click on the suggest new feature button to share your ideas.
Not an Archive-it partner, but have something to say?Get in touch with us on our website to let us know what you need from the next generation web archiving application to archive and provide access to cultural heritage on the web!