Ephemeral print publications have been archived on a very small scale, but in Web Archiving
a large number of digital publications that by intention tend to be ephemeral could be collected and preserved in the long term (Lor & Britz, 2012): for instance, twitter messages; comments in forums, opinions in articles, Facebook posts and other user-generated content which creators do not expect would be preserved by memory institutions for intergenerational purposes.
Considering that the Web archiving
is a large-scale and national project, it should undergo a weighty and dynamic managerial supervision, which can lead the project in all technologic, research and executive respects.
There are varying approaches when it comes to permissions and web archiving
, abroad and in the U.
projects differ in size (Wayback Machine compared to the Schlesinger Blogs collection), location (global compared to exclusively national efforts), and purpose (crawling and preserving "born digital" websites vs.
The chapter on preservation is valuable less for its specific application to web archiving
than for its well-written overview of the major issues involved in digital preservation.
A method developed at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France for comparing the results of different Web archiving
approaches is described by Julien Masanes.
Smarsh Web Archiving
provides IDM, which offers discovery consulting and litigation support, with the ability to capture, search, preserve and produce comprehensive Web content for its clients.
Grotke: The Library's web archiving
project preserves web content around events, such as the U.
Dozens of institutions are building up web archiving
programs, but there's still a big opportunity for us to get in the game too.
Julien Masanes spoke about a European project, the Living Web Archives, which is working on ensuring the viability of web archiving
into the future.
The British Library is working with five other institutions in the UK Web Archiving
Consortium and technology firm Systec to archive selected websites of likely research value, according to the BBC.
The Royal Library and the State and University Library together have gone on to incorporate event-based archiving into a three-pronged approach to Web archiving
, including automatic snapshot harvesting and selective harvesting (Royal Library, Denmark, 2004).