May 17, 2022

National Library of Australia Launches National Web Archive

From ABC:

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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Direct to Australian Web Archive (via Trove)

See Also: Interview with Director-General, National Library of Australia (via ABC Radio)

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