National Library of Australia Launches National Web Archive
You would be forgiven for thinking the flourescent text, pointless GIFs, and eye-popping colour schemes of the early internet had been erased from existence — replaced with sleeker, more design-conscious updates.
But the National Library of Australia has been keeping track of how Australian websites have evolved, snapshotting and archiving websites ending in “.au” since 1996.
The resulting archive, which came online this month, shed a light on the good, the bad, and the ugly (mostly the ugly) of late-90s, while keeping a record of what was said and done during the infancy of the internet.
The archive has been recording Australian websites since the mid 1990s, and operated in a similar way to other internet archives.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.