A new digital collection, The General News on the Internet, is a free archive of online-only news sites collected from the web. The Library of Congress began preserving these sites in June 2014.
How are these news-based sites captured? The Library uses a hybrid approach of weekly captures of the websites, augmented with twice-daily capture of known RSS feeds (Real Simple Syndication). This produces a more complete news archive. Given the dynamic nature of the 24-hour news cycle of today, these archives are meant to capture as much of the news distribution as possible given current limitations in technology and resources.
For instance, many news sites are included in the Library’s September 11, 2001 Web Archive, the Public Policy Topics Web Archive, and the United States Elections Web Archive. The web archiving team also picks up content on pages through links from other sites.
You will see that we are not including major news sites and are only focusing on born-digital sites. Copyright restrictions play a major role and we also wanted to capture sites that could be at-risk of disappearing.
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