May 26, 2022

“Ireland’s Digital Content in Danger of Disappearing, Specialist Warns”

From The Irish Times:

Ger Wilson, head of digital collections at the National Library of Ireland, said that with its research showing that as much as 50 per cent of website content can disappear within a year, it is “highly likely” that some critical material has already disappeared.

She was speaking following the issuing of a tender notice by the library to carry out an extensive crawl of Irish-registered domains later this year. This is part of an attempt to archive the Irish web so that historians of the future will be able to see what the local internet looked like in 2017.


Last week it issued a new tender notice seeking a technical partner to help it carry out a new crawl, which is expected to be completed by late November. The crawl will capture the more than 230,000 websites which belong to the .ie domain as well as other sites that can be identified as being hosted within Ireland and others that are considered to be of Irish interest.

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