Greetings from the Web Archiving Section: A New Beginning!

The 2021-2022 Steering Committee met for the first time in September to discuss our goals for the upcoming year, and we are looking forward to continuing with our Coffee Chats and publishing some great content in the form of blog and Twitter posts. We would also love for people in our section to get involved and share their ideas, so we invite you to participate by submitting news, announcements, and topics of interest. We also welcome guest contributors to the blog, so please feel free to contact us with your ideas. Members of other SAA sections are encouraged to collaborate with us as well. Please send items and suggestions to Rosie Grant.

We have a few new members of the Steering Committee this year, so we are introducing ourselves by giving a brief introduction of our names, roles, institution affiliations, goals for the section, our favorite web archive, and something we value most or find fascinating about web archiving work.

Melissa Wertheimer

Hello! My name is Melissa Wertheimer, and I’m excited to be back this year as the Chair of the Web Archiving Section (WAS). I’m a Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress where my performing arts subject area duties include special collections librarianship, web archives curation, outreach, and acquisitions. I curate and manage three web archive collections for the Music Division, contribute to the Library’s interdisciplinary Coronavirus Web Archive, and represent the Special Collections Directorate on the internal Web Archives Collection Development Group. WAS had a great year last year, and this year’s steering committee is an enthusiastic and energetic group of people both returning (Kiera, Ryder, and myself) and new (Susan, Rosie, and Amanda) to the team. My primary goal leading the section this year is to build upon last year’s momentum with more Coffee Chats, blog and social media activity, and collaboration across SAA sections.

My “favorite” web archive collection always changes. This year, I’ll say it’s the Professional Organizations for Performing Arts Web Archive that I’ve curated at the Library of Congress because it relates to so many other disciplines like labor organizing, education, medicine, and technology. It’s a unique way to demonstrate the impact of the performing arts throughout the fabric of society. Over 100 items are available now, and my seed list has over 500 URLs; my goal is to use scale to preserve interrelatedness and the context of creation as much as possible by crawling websites that relate to each other through hierarchies and affiliations. Do any of our readers do the same with thematic web archives? One of the things I value most about web archives is that I can use many parts of my brain – archivist, subject specialist, digital curator – to curate meaningful collections that speak to the moment.

Susan Paterson
Greetings! My name is Susan Paterson and I’m the current Vice-Chair of the Web Archiving Section. I am a liaison librarian at Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus, which is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. My liaison areas are government information, social work and French studies. My web archiving work stems from my role as a government information librarian. I have been involved in various groups in Canada to document and preserve historical government content. I am the current chair of the Canadian Government Information – Digital Preservation Network, made up of dedicated librarians across Canada who strive to curate federal Canadian government content as well as thematic government collections.

This is my first year as both a SAA and WAS member and I hope to learn much more about web archiving from my colleagues. I’m excited to network and collaborate with other web archiving enthusiasts as well as get to know other sections of SAA. I hope to build on the tremendous work of past committee members to make this section both a welcoming and an invaluable resource for web archivists. One of my favourite web archives I’ve helped to curate this year has probably been the COVID-19 Pandemic in British Columbia collection. We started to curate the collection at the start of March 2020 and we are still crawling important content. The sites are updated so frequently that i hope we’ve captured important content for future researchers.

Kiera Sullivan

Hi, all! My name is Kiera Sullivan (she/her/hers) and I am the Secretary of the Web Archiving section. I recently took up a new position as Processing Archivist for the County of San Diego, California. Previously, I was the University Records Processor at UC San Diego Special Collections & Archives. I am so happy to be returning for another year as Secretary of this section. Our section’s coffee chats were a major highlight for me last year, and I am excited for them to continue. The Steering Committee is making the coffee chats a priority again this year, and we are also hoping to engage other SAA sections in this endeavor. If you have any topics or themes that you’d like to suggest for a coffee chat, please do let us know!

One of my favorite web archive collections has to be the National Library of Ireland Collections 2011-2018, collected by the National Library of Ireland. I have recently been doing personal research on the Easter Rising of 1916, and am so happy I found this treasure trove. This collection includes quite a few websites of interest, many of which were captured for the centennial in 2016. What I find most fascinating about web archiving is that it is so dynamic, just like the content that it captures. It seems there are always tools, methods, and ideas to consider, and that makes it very exciting and gratifying.

Ryder Kouba

Hi, my name is Ryder Kouba and I’m the Education Coordinator for the Web Archiving section. I recently began my position as Librarian and Archivist at the American Center of Research in Amman, Jordan and am excited to start a web archiving program to document relevant materials to the institution. Previously I managed the Archive-It account for the American University in Cairo and then used Webrecorder to capture relevant pages while at the University of Hong Kong Archives. This is my second year as Education Coordinator, and this year I’m hoping to facilitate training in web archiving tools; it would be great to learn from archivists who have experience implementing tools such as Heritrix and Webrecorder since the command line can be a bit intimidating.

Last year, I mentioned my favorite web archive was the Politics and Revolution collection at the American University in Cairo; this year I’m proud of the 50 gigabytes of social media data I captured while working at the University of Hong Kong, documenting student protests and reaction to recent events in Hong Kong, though it is not accessible yet.

Rosie Grant

Greetings SAA – I’m Rosie Grant, and I’m the current SAA Web Archives Marketing and Communications Manager. I work for the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland where I’m a graduate student at the UMD iSchool, focusing on archives and digital curation. On the side, I run a TikTok about local cemeteries in the DC area. Previous to that, I worked as the digital manager at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. What I hope for in this committee is to be able to feature and amplify the current stories of people in web archiving and the work of this talented community. There are so many tools and resources being made available that I’m looking to learn more about myself.

Recently I’ve been appreciating the crowdsourced web archives of Find A Grave, owned by and a great source for looking up cemetery history and a database of individuals buried around the country. It’s great for genealogical purposes as well as cemeteries working to collect information about those interred there. What I find the most valuable about web archiving is the amount of open source tools available for archivists. Often when I think about web archives, I think about expensive and inaccessible technology for smaller and under-resourced archives. It’s incredible to learn about the number of tools being made available and are more accessible for such groups.

Amanda Greenwood

Hello everyone! My name is Amanda Greenwood (she/her/hers), and I am the Student Member of the Web Archiving section. Currently, I am finishing up my MSIS in Archives and Records Administration at the University of Albany, New York (UAlbany), and I am working in the Special Collections/Archives and Preservation departments at UAlbany. In 2020, I was awarded the Anna Radkowski-Lee Web Archives Graduate Assistantship at the University at Albany, New York, and I managed over 40 web archives collections using Archive-It and Conifer. This year, I will contribute to the committee by helping to manage our section blog, so I am interested in recruiting writers that can help keep our community up-to-date with trends, new and helpful technology, and important web archiving projects.

My favorite web archive is one that I captured and preserved earlier this year. The No Gun Ri Digital Archive was created by UAlbany’s Dr. Donghee Sinn, along with members of her No Gun Ri Research Team, and it acts as a digital memorial that describes a mass killing of South Korean civilians by the United States Army in the beginning of the Korean War. It serves not only to make others aware of this crime, but to give a voice to the survivors and families of the massacred so that they can tell this event from their point of view. What I value most about web archives is that websites from the past are made accessible today. I love visiting the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and randomly looking at websites that were originally put on the web in the late 1990s!

Web Archiving Roundup: October 2019

The Internet Archive and Center for Open Science announce collaboration to preserve open science data, funded by the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program.

On August 12, Harvard Library Preservation Services hosted a regional meetup of Archive-it subscribers. You can learn about the meetup on the Harvard Library Communications blog.

The first workshop of the Continuing Education to Advance Web Archiving (CEDWARC) is taking place at George Washington University on October 28.  It is the first in a series of workshops to train library and archive professionals to use web archiving tools to answer research questions and enable new web archiving services based on these tools.

The Archives Unleashed Project has put out a call for participation for an Archives Unleashed Datathon at Columbia University Libraries on March 26-27, 2020. The project team invites archivists, researchers, librarians, computer scientists, and web archiving enthusiasts to join us over the course of two days to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands-on experience. Proposals are due November 1, 2019.

Presentations from the Web Archiving & Data Services international partners meeting on September 20, 2019 at iPRES 2019 can be viewed here.

Call for papers opens on October 14, 2019 for the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) General Assembly and the Web Archiving Conference (WAC) in Montréal, from May 11 ̶ 13, 2020.

Article on web archiving, “Please, My Digital Archive. It’s Very Sick.” by Tanner Howard was published by the Lapham’s Quarterly on September 4, 2019.

Webrecorder had a bunch of updates! First, Webrecorder released Autopilot, a new feature that can perform actions on the current web page loaded in Webrecorder, similar to a human user: clicking buttons, scrolling down, expanding sections, and so on. Webrecorder also released a Desktop app. The app is a fully self-contained version of the online service built for a desktop environment with minimal modifications: a single-user Webrecorder that can run on a computer without requiring a connection to any centralized service. Users can now have the full web archiving capabilities of Webrecorder on their own machines without having to install Docker or use the command-line.

Finally, WABAC (Web Archive Browsing Advanced Client), a project by Webrecorder, was released. More information on the WABAC and client-side replay technology can be found in a blog post by Ilya Kreymer on the Webrecorder blog and DSHR’s blog.

Upcoming US meetups: DLF Forum & NDSA Digital Preservation, October 14-17 in Tampa, FL and Web Archiving Texas on November 6 at Baylor University.

Do you have #webarchiving news?  Tweet at us @WebArch_RT and we will be sure to feature it in next month’s roundup!


Web Archiving Section Leadership Announcement

The Web Archiving Section is excited to announce the new leadership for the 2019-2020 Steering Committee!  The leadership roster is as follows:

Chair: Emily Ward
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Tori Maches
Education Coordinator: Julia Corrin
Communications Manager: Nicole Greenhouse
Secretary: Kelsey O’Connell
Student Member: Lydia Andeskie

Congratulations and best of luck to those newly elected!

Web Archiving Roundup: July, 2019

The Web Archiving and Metadata Digital Object Sections will hold a joint event during the SAA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Join us on Saturday, August 3rd for a debate on descriptive metadata and web archiving.

The 2019 Archive-It Partner Meeting coincides with SAA’s Annual Meeting, registration is still open.

Graphic Designer Sam Henri Gold has been archiving Apple ads from the 1970s to the present, you can take a look at the archive directly from the article.

ArchiveSpark 3.0 is now available, take a look a the updates in GitHub.

Check out this article about a High School student’s experience working for the Archives Unleashed team.

The latest issue of the Newsletter from the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods includes an article on research challenges using web archives for social research.

Registration is still open for the Specialized Data Curation Workshop hosted by the Data Curation Network at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Digital Preservation Coalition is crowd-sourcing a list of endangered digital materials. Nominations close on Friday August 30th, 2019.

Web Archiving Roundup: June, 2019

This month the Sunlight Foundation, an organization advocating for open government, published an article on the weaknesses in Federal Agencies’ archival practices.

Catch the livestream recording from the IIP Web Archiving Conference.

You can now take a look at the slides from Ian Milligan & Nick Ruest’s presentation on the Archives Unleashed Cloud Project at IIPC Web Archiving Conference.

Both paper and presentation slides on Judging Visual Correspondence in Web Archives are now available. This presentation was done by Brenda Reyes Ayala at the ACM/IEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL).

The Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group at Old Dominion University has posted a trip report on the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL).

Rhizome recently announced an opportunity for Webrecorder users and community members to financially support Webrecorder, some of the benefits include full range of tools and expanded storage for web collections.

Check out this i-D magazine article on the case for archiving our digital lives.

Web Archiving Roundup: May, 2019

UPDATE – Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting during ALA Annual 2019 for a presentation and Q&A on the Library of Congress Web Archiving Program on Sunday, June 23, 2019, 9:00-10:00AM at the Marriott Marquis.

Now accepting nominations for the SAA Web Archiving Section’s 2019-2020 Steering Committee:

Registration for the IIPC Web Archiving Conference ends May 24. The conference will be hosted by the National and University Library of Croatia in Zagreb, which coincides with the 15h anniversary of the Croatian Web Archive (HAW).

For members of the Digital Preservation Coalition, the DPC Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force is inviting delegates to a meeting on July 18, in London. The meeting is free for DPC members, registration ends July 10.

IIPC Content Development Group is asking for contributions to their Climate Change Collection, and their Artificial Intelligence Collection.

Ben Els, Digital Curator at the National Library of Luxembourg, gives us a glimpse not the effort to capture the Luxembourg elections.

Seth Denbo, Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives at the American Historical Association, strikes a cord on the challenges of scale in an article titled Data Overload.

The Atlantic has an article on the implication of AI vacuum cleaners from tech companies.

You can now read the paper presented at the 2018 World Library and Information Congress by the Library of Congress, the paper is titled Institutions as Social Media Collector: Lessons Learned from the Library of Congress.

The National Library of the Netherlands has recently launched a collection of archived websites from the Chinese Community in the Netherlands.

ECAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) has launched a website called Information Mesh celebrating the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

Web Archiving Roundup: April, 2019

The Library of Congress Digital Collections Development Coordinator positioncloses soon (May 1st)!

Archive-It is hosting a training webinar on Web Archiving Systems API (WASAPI). Zoom in on Wednesday, May 29that 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern.

This one came through my Archive-It listserv this morning; a webinar about WASAPI on May 29: here.

Registration for the Society of American Archivists Annual Meetingis now open. 

The ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) has published a list of accepted workshopsand tutorials. 

You can now watch Michael L. Nelson’s keynote “Web Archives at the Nexus of Good Fakes and Flawed Originals”at CNIs April meeting. 

Rhizome presents “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” an exhibition using web archives as art. If you happen to be in New York, you can see this exhibit at the New Museum until May 26.

The National Library of China will archive 200 billion Weibo postsin a project to preserve China’s digital heritage.

Katie Cuyler, Librarian at University of Alberta Libraries, on archiving Alberta’s climate change datain danger to disappear with the change of government. You can access the collection here.

Jason Scott, from TEXTFILES.COM, recently published The MySpace Dragon Hoard, a collection of 450,000 mp3s from MySpace between 2008-2010. These songs were gathered prior to the recent MySpace data loss.

Check out Karl Blumenthal’s trick to crawl special emojis from Twitter.

Some interesting food for thought from Stephen Dowling’s BBC article.

Web Archiving Roundup: March, 2019

Help the SAA Electronic Records Section find more about the most useful resources for the electronic records community. You can find the survey and a bit more about their project here.

Registration for Archivematica Camp in Vancouver, June 24-26, is still open.

Early bird registration for IIPC Web Archiving Conference is now open. You can also take a look at the program.

The International Journal of Digital Humanities has an article on web archiving initiatives in Europe. The article is titled Web Archives as Data Resource for Digital Scholars.

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation have launched the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Transition Web Archive.

Library of Congress Web Archives blog post from Jesse Johnston, Senior Digital Collections Specialist at LOC, gives a walkthrough into sorting through a set of US Government PDFs.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world wide web exploring internet archives through emulated legacy browsers with Rhizome!

Another fun article to celebrate the web’s 30th anniversary looking at Australia’s ugly 90’s websites.

The National Library of Ireland recently announced their 2018 Web Archiving collection.

Web Archiving Roundup: January, 2019

Here is your first Web Archiving Roundup of 2019!

Web Archiving Roundup: December 17, 2018

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