May 25, 2022

WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) Interim Report (Year One)

The WASAPI (Web Archiving Systems APIs) is the working name of a IMLS funded Interoperability and Collaborative Development for Web Archiving initiative.

The grant itself (National Library Leadership Grant, 2015) was for $353,221.00 (two-years).

From IMLS:

The Internet Archive, working with partner organizations, University of North Texas, Rutgers University, and Stanford University Library will undertake a two-year research project to explore techniques that can expand national web archiving capacity in several areas.


In working with the Archive-It platform, now used by more than 350 partner institutions, results of this research will be directly applicable to libraries, archives, and museums around the country and the world.

Interim Report

An interim report about the first year of the two-year project was recently shared online to read and/or download.

From the Introduction:


Source: WASAPI Project (via Internet Archive)

The project was given the working name the “WASAPI” project (Web Archiving Systems APIs) yo help identify the project outcomes, limit verbosity, and to begin developing the social architecture and communication tools for building a larger community to support the grant specific and post-grant API work that this project aims to catalyze.

Overall, the first year of WASAPI focused on three areas of work within web archiving: community building and involvement, research and publication on collaborative technology development, and engineering two “production-ready” and partner-tested data transfer APIs as applied research.

All Year One deliverables were met and progress was made in all areas of work — in fact, the success of Year One work has allowed the team to include additional participating institutions in Year Two for testing project APIs and for additional API-based work to be organized within the nascent WASAPI community, both hoped-for outcomes in the original proposal. Project activities are organized around the grant’s three main areas of research and development work.


Direct to Full Text Report (Read Online or Download (Multiple Formats Available))

Direct to Download Full Text Report (5 pages; PDF)

Video:  Web Archiving Crawl Download Automation Demo 1

Video:  Web Archiving Crawl Download Automation Demo 2

Direct to Grant Information (via IMLS)

Direct to Grant Proposal Document (27 pages; PDF; via IMLS)

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