K-12 Web Archiving Program, 2008-2009

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The website for the first full year of our K-12 Web Archiving Program is now available online.

For the 2008/2009 school year, Internet Archive, the Library of Congress and California Digital Library collaborated on a program that explores archiving the Web from the perspective of students in elementary, middle and high school.

Using the Archive-It service, students from ten different schools selected born digital content from the Web to create “time capsules” to represent their world. By allowing students to identify sites that will be preserved for the long-term, the program gives teens and younger students a chance to identify and document their cultural history and the world that’s important to them. Unlike time capsules of tangible objects, which usually remain hidden for decades or centuries, the resulting Web collections are immediately visible and publicly accessible on the Archive-it website, with full text search for study and analysis.

For the 2009/2010 school year we hope to broaden the program’s outreach to additional schools around the country. To get involved and/or learn more, please send us your information through this request form. Applications will be available mid to late July.

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