Web Archiving Roundup: October 23, 2018

Yes, we’re back! (you’re welcome)

It’s been a while since our last roundup so we thought it would be a good idea to do a quick recap. The SAA Web Archiving Section recently held elections for the Steering Committee for vice chair, secretary, education coordinator, communications manager, and student member. The newly appointed members are:

Emily Ward, Digital Archivist, East Baton Rouge Parish Library
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Julia Corrin, University Archivist, Carnegie Mellon University
Education Coordinator

Kelsey O’Connell, Digital Archivist, Northwestern University

Elisa Landaverde, Metadata Librarian, Michigan State University
Communications Manager

Louise LoBello, Archives Student, Rutgers University
Student Member

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And now for our October roundup, here are some web archiving highlights:


Web Archiving Roundup: July 2, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for July 2, 2018:

  • In Web Archives for the Analog Archivist, Aleksandr Gelfand writes: ‘By incorporating the use of Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine into their workflows, archivists working primarily with analog records may enhance their ability in such tasks as the construction of a processing plan, the creation of more accurate historical descriptions for finding aids, and potentially may be able to provide better reference services to their patrons.’
  • The British Library looks at its preservation plans for emerging formats, including archived websites.
  • In Wales, MirrorWeb will work with the Welsh Government ‘to digitally archive the Welsh nation’s online presence.’
  • In the next few weeks, Cobweb will begin conducting user testing of its functional prototype to learn from potential users about what they’d consider most useful in a collaborative collection development platform.
  • A look at Memento Tracer: High Fidelity Web Archiving at Scale.

Web Archiving Roundup: May 29, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for May 29, 2018:

Web Archiving Roundup: May 7, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup: May 7, 2018

Web Archiving Roundup: April 16, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for April 16, 2018:

Web Archiving Roundup: April 2, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for April 2, 2018:

Web Archiving Roundup: March 19, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for March 19, 2018:

Web Archiving Roundup: March 5, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for March 5, 2018:

Web Archiving Roundup: February 19, 2018

Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for February 19, 2018:

  • Archives Unleashed at the British Library: working with web archive data from the International Internet Preservation Consortium’s ‘National Olympic and Paralympic Committees‘ collection, a group of researchers asked: ‘What is the gender distribution of National Olympic Committees?’ (Archived link.)
  • The Really Old Website Resurrector: faced with defunct copies of departmental websites stored on CDs and DVDs, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Archives tested their ability to temporarily host the websites again using Archive-It and what’s now called the Really Old Website Resurrector. Code for the Resurrector is up on GitHub.
  • Link Rot for Lawyers: a blog post in which Perma.cc asks: ‘Is link rot a problem for law firms?‘ Hint: yes. In fact, after reviewing court filings made in the last five years by three of the largest law firms in the United States, Perma.cc found that ‘over 80% had at least one broken link’ and that, ‘on average, these briefs contained around six broken links each, and one brief contained seventeen broken links.’ (Archived link.)
  • Erasing history: from the Columbia Journalism Review — ‘When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well. The new battle over journalism’s digital legacy.’ (Archived link.)
  • Watch Improving the Robustness of the Arquivo.pt Web Archive, which ‘provides an overview of the architecture and functioning of the system that supports the Arquivo.pt web archive.’
  • Ethics & Archiving the Web‘s full conference schedule is out, and tickets are now available for purchase. Ethics & Archiving the Web will be held March 22-24 at the New Museum in New York. (And for those who cannot attend: conference sessions and some workshop sessions will be livestreamed.)
  • You still have time to submit proposals to Web Archiving Histories and Futures, to be held November 13-15 in Wellington, New Zealand. Proposals are due February 28, and may cover: building web archives, maintaining web archive content and operations, using and researching web archives, and / or web archive histories and futures.

Web Archiving Roundup: February 5, 2018

Happy February, Roundtablers! Here’s your Web Archiving Roundup for February 5, 2018:

  • Archiving the alternative presses threatened by wealthy buyers: in partnership with Archive-It, Freedom of the Press Foundation is launching an online archives collection, focused ‘on news outlets we deem to be especially vulnerable to the billionaire problem,’ and ‘aims to preserve sites in their entirety before their archives can be taken down or manipulated.’ (Archived link.)
  • A New Playback Tool for the UK Web Archive: the UK Web Archive will be working with Rhizome to build a version of pyweb (Python Wayback) that they ‘hope will greatly improve the quality of playback for access to our archived content.’ (Archived link.)
  • And, speaking of: Webrecorder has released an updated version of pyweb, ‘a major refactoring and improvement’ of the ‘core engine’ that powers Webrecorder. (Archived link.)
  • The International Internet Preservation Consortium Content Development Group would like your help to archive websites from around the world related to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games! Submit seeds via this Google Form.