About Community Webs

Community Webs, a program of Archive-It and the Internet Archive, was launched in 2017. Its mission is to advance the capacity for public libraries and other cultural heritage organizations to build archives of web-published primary sources documenting local history and underrepresented voices. The program achieves this mission by providing resources for cohort development, professional training, technology services, and in support of scholarly research use.

150+ cultural heritage organizations preserving 75 terabytes of web-based community heritage data

Community Webs cohorts, consisting of more than 150 public libraries and other cultural heritage organizations have collectively archived 75 terabytes of web-based community heritage materials. This includes more than 800 collections documenting the lives of local citizens, marginalized voices, and groups often absent from the historical record. The program and its participants have also created open educational resources relating to web archiving, digital preservation, community archiving, and collection development, explored new forms of local engagement and partnerships through public programming and crowdsourcing, and had their digital collections used by scholars and in computational research work.


The program and its cohorts of memory professionals have redefined the role of cultural heritage organizations in preserving the lives and activities of their communities. By expanding this program to more than 150 diverse libraries and other cultural heritage organizations from across the US, Canada and internationally, the breadth and impact of the collections created, as well as the professional development opportunities for librarians and other cultural heritage professionals will continue to grow. Archiving primary sources from the web is an increasingly important activity of the stewards of community memory. Public libraries and other community memory organizations often fill this role, but have historically made up only a small fraction of the growing web archiving community. The Community Webs program continues to bridge that gap and make web archiving more approachable to these organizations.


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Community Webs IMLS Grant Proposal

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Community Webs Interim Performance Report

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