February 28, 2021

The Economist Takes a Look at Online/Web Preservation

From The Economist: Despite all these difficulties, the world’s libraries have tried for over a decade to conserve some aspects of their national digital heritage. America’s Library of Congress started its digital-preservation programme in 2000 with $100m from the government. Its web archive currently stands at around 10,000 sites, many of them owned by the […]

Web Preservation: UK Web Archive Improves Full Text Search Filters

From a UK Web Archive Blog Post: Search results are now grouped by domain, making it easier to immediately see which websites contain references to the search term(s) and easily identifying the context in which the search term appears. For domain results we group URLs by date. This eliminates duplicate entries in results but still […]

Web Preservation, URLs: "Analyzing the Persistence of Referenced Web Resources with Memento"

Authors: Robert Sanderson; Mark Edward Phillips;  and Herbert Van de Sompel From an Abstract: In this paper, the authors present the results of a study into the persistence and availability of web resources referenced from papers in scholarly repositories. Two repositories with different characteristics, arXiv and the UNT digital library, are studied to determine if […]

"The First Decade of Web Archiving at the Library of Congress"

From a Guest Blog Post by Abbie Grotke, Web Archiving Team Lead at the Library of Congress (via The Signal) Eleven years ago, the Library of Congress established a pilot web archiving project to study methods to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to and preserve at-risk born digital content for future generations. We could […]

New Research Paper: "How Much of the Web is Archived?"

“How Much of the Web is Archived?” (3 pages; PDF) by Scott G. Ainsworth, Ahmed Alsum, Hany SalahEldeen, Michele C. Weigle, and Michael L. Nelson Presented at JCDL 2011 Earlier This Month From a Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group (Old Dominion University) Blog Post: There are many questions to ask about web archiving […]

Digital Archiving: "A Memory of Webs Past"

From an IEEE Spectrum Article by Ariel Bleicher: Since the ancient Sumerians compiled the first collections of inscribed clay tablets, many peoples have attempted to preserve documents, ephemera, and even the flotsam of their political, economic, and social tides. But perhaps no nation today tackles this endeavor as thoroughly as France, one of the few […]