Step One, Fit In: Finding a Place for Web Archiving

Web archives are unique in digital library collections. They contain numerous formats, versions and content types. Acquiring, preserving and providing access to web archives often required specialized software, processes and skills. These factors can make it difficult for organizations to embark on web archiving and integrate web archiving into existing library departments and services.

The International Internet Preservation Consortium supported the Bibliothèque nationale de France in developing a workshop titled “How to fit in? Integrating a web archiving program in your organization.” The workshop took place November 26-30, 2012 at the BnF in Paris, France, and the reports and presentations from the workshop were recently published on the IIPC web site.

The aim of holding the workshop was to investigate the challenges and methods involved in implementing web archiving into the mainstream activities of a heritage institution: general institution strategy, acquisition practices, IT operations, preservation, access. It was primarily designed for institutions starting out in web archiving, but also for those who already have a first experience but are looking to explore new organization schemes. Based mainly on the experience at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, speakers presented different aspects of the organization. To provide a contrasting point of view from another national library the British Library was invited to give a presentation, while Internet Memory Foundation and the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel presented other approaches to web archiving. This workshop was of special interest to staff of National Libraries but could be useful to those working in other types of institutions as well.

The report contains lessons learned and an evaluation of the workshop. Also available are the support materials used during the workshop: the slides from the different presentations, an article on the BnF web archiving workflow and a bibliography on digital legal deposit at the BnF.

The workshop and the resulting reports from the BnF are part of the Education and Training program of the IIPC. The Library of Congress is a member of the IIPC Steering Committee.

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.