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Website architecture is key to creating better web archives


Website architecture is key to creating better web archives

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Optimizing a website for thorough and efficient web archiving starts with the technological foundation of the site itself. It also is impacted by the directions the site gives—or does not give—to the web crawlers themselves. One more aspect of website architecture also goes a long way toward creating a comprehensive and easy-to-browse web archive, and […]

Will Born-Digital Alternative Histories Disappear Forever?

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When future historians look back to find out about “everyday people” in our era, what will they find? On one hand, ordinary life is documented much more thoroughly than at any previous time in history. Social media and other web-based formats have enabled and encouraged us to share the mundane, the profound and everything in […]

The Day the Music (or Art, or Writing, or Code) Dies

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Not many people outside of historians and music experts remember Jenny Lind, but she was the closest thing the mid-19th century had to a musical superstar. A Swedish opera singer who had already become famous across Europe, she came to America in 1850 and, with more than a little help from showman P.T. Barnum, successfully […]

Web Archiving Can Help Prevent a ‘Digital Dark Age’

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For years, you’ve been taking, sharing and storing photos on Instagram, Facebook, Google+ or perhaps Flickr (if you’re “old school”)—and Vint Cerf is worried about that.

Web Archiving Technologies Explained

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Since 1996, the non-profit Internet Archive and its popular “Wayback Machine” have invited millions of online visitors to browse the web as it once was. What most visitors to the Wayback Machine may not realize is that all the core technologies that power the world’s most famous web archive are free—and can be set up […]

Web Archiving Continues a Tradition of Preservation

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Ships that visited the ancient seaport of Alexandria, Egypt, are said to have been met not only by the dock workers and longshoremen who would unload their cargoes, but also by archivists. These archivists were empowered to confiscate, forcibly if need be, any books – or scrolls, in the early days – that may have […]