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Monday 10|29|01
Archiving the Web

Interesting article on the New York Times site today about a project to archive the web. All of it. From the beginning (sort of).

Seems Brewster Kahle (keynote speaker at this year's ASIST Annual Conference) started documenting the web back in 1996 to preserve it and to show the internet's evolution. This has now blossomed into a full blown archive project involving the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and other educational institutions. The search engine company - Alexa is providing the crawling technology and you can search for a site by URL and have copies from different years show up.

This would be a very interesting IA project - to go in and organize the entire internet in its varying evolved stages and then make it accessible to people doing research. This in parallel to the actual current web. Pretty interesting.

I looked up my site and although it says there is a page from 1998 in there, the page that comes up is my homepage from 2000. My site from 1996 is not there, but it looks like you can donate pages to the project.

If you are a born archivist (read: packrat) like me, you will want to preserve your site through time and add it to the project for future surfers and historians.

Posted by erin at 11:51 AM | in History

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