Archive for September, 2008

Seeking Schools for K-12 Web Archiving Program

September 11, 2008

Apply to be part of the Internet Archive k-12 project!

Could your school be one of 10 middle or high schools helping to
capture and archive today’s primary source materials on the Web?

A small number of individuals and institutions recognize the importance of archiving and preserving the often transitory digital cultural artifacts that are distributed over the Web. But so far, the vast majority of decisions about what Web sites will live into the future have been made by adults, and reflect adults’ sensibilities about what constitutes the important stuff of history.

The Internet Archive, the Library of Congress and California Digital Library are collaborating on a project that explores archiving the Web from the perspective of adolescents.

Find a complete project description and the brief application in the “Featured Resources” section at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/. Apply by September 30 for full consideration.

A pilot of the K-12 web archiving program took place in the Spring of 2008. Three high schools from across the country participated and the resulting collection represent a broad range of interests and points of view. You can learn more about the pilot and view the collections on the Archive-It website.

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Archive-It 2.10!

September 10, 2008

The Archive-It team is excited to announce the release of Archive-It 2.10!

Our new features include a Spanish interface to both our public site (www.archive-it.org) and the Archive-It private web application. Archive-It is reaching out to our spanish speaking colleagues in the United States and around the world in order to widen the scope and breadth of web archiving.

Other changes to our public website will increase the visibility and access to the broad range of collections created by Archive-It partners. We have also added a seed URL registry so the web archiving community can see exactly what Archive-It partners are collecting. This feature is a work in progress and we welcome any and all feedback!

Inside the web application we have expanded our abilities to automatically harvest YouTube videos. This upgrade is the result of working closely with the University of North Carolina on an NDIIPP funded project to harvest election videos on the web.

We have also developed documentation and guidelines for partners to better review their collections for quality assurance. We will be offering advanced partner trainings in October or November that will help partners with QA and effective crawl scoping.

Stay tuned for our newest feature, Scope It! to be released in November as part of our 3.0 release. Scope It! is a pre-crawl scoping tool allowing partners to select content for harvest at mote selective level.

If you would like to attend one of our twice monthly informational webinars, send an email to archive-it at archive.org.