May 22, 2022

National Library of Medicine Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

As you’ll read the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is working with the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service on this and other collections to archive web content related to global health events.

From NLM’s Announcement:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. This initiative is a part of its previously-announced Web content collecting effort, which is guided by the NLM Collection Development Manual and other strategic collecting efforts.

Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from Government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.

The content is part of the NLM’s broader Web collection on “Global Health Events,” which is publicly available at The NLM will continue to develop, review, describe, and add content to the collection, as it also expands its overall capacity to collect Web content. With this initiative NLM has taken a major new step in its mission to collect pertinent health care information of today for the benefit of research in the future. Increasingly, that information is found on the Web, which is a rapidly changing environment where valuable and interesting materials can surface and then quickly disappear.

Direct to NLM/Archive-It Global Health Events Collection

Note: Nearly 2,500 of Archive-It’s topic/subject focused collections are publicly accessible and keyword searchable. Browse/search and select the collections here.

See Also: Reports About Ebola Outbreak From the Congressional Research Service and Other Ebola Reference Items (October 14, 2014)

See Also: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (via NLM)
Ebola resources in the guide can be found here.

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