Web Archiving 101

An introduction to the field of web archiving and why it should be a component of community history collections.

Web archiving lets practitioners preserve copies of web pages so they can be accessed long after it has changed.

Web archives aren’t just static snapshots. Web crawling software (crawlers) capture copies of all of the files that make up a webpage, preserving the look and feel, as well as much of the functionality of the site. Using a web archive player like the Wayback Machine, users and researchers can navigate and interact with the archived website the same way they would have used the live site.

Videos

Why Archive the Web?

Introduction to Archive-It

Navigating Archive It

Collection Building at the East Baton Rouge Public Library

Why Archive the Web

Introduction to Archive-It

Navigating Archive It

Collection Building at the East Baton Rouge Public Library

Reading Materials

Archive-It Blog

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Archive-It Help Center – What makes a website “archivable”?

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Community Webs grant proposal

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D-Lib Magazine. Special Issue on Web Archives.

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Davis, Corey. “Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria.”

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Day Tompson, Sara. “Back to the Cave: Communicating the Importance of Web Archiving to Everybody Who Doesn’t Already Care about Web Archiving”

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Grazley, Jana. “Preserving the City's website with Archive-It

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Journal of Western Archives - Web Archiving Special Issue.

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Keeping Collections: More Podcast Less Process. Episode 007. The Web Archivist Are Present.

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Web-Archiving. DPC Technology Watch Series.

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Richards, Maureen (2017) "Stronger Together: Increasing Connections Between Academic and Public Libraries,"

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Summers, Ed. 'The Web As A Preservation Medium'.

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Taylor, Nicholas. 'Anatomy Of A Web Archive | The Signal: Digital Preservation'.

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