web archiving resources for NDSA NE crew (and anyone else reading this!)

This list of resources is shared as a compliment to a presentation I gave at the NDSA New England meeting on September 25, 2015. The presentation discussed the MIT Institute Archives’ efforts to acquire websites without a hosted service. I talked about how technology is important, but policy development and planning are key activities that can be accomplished even if new technology isn’t possible right away. The presentation also highlighted the tools we’re finding useful that are easy for an archivist with limited programming skills to use (web recorder, wget and web archive player). I’ve previously talked about some of these activities on ArchiveHour, see that post here.

P.S. Every time I think I’ve got a handle on the essential web archiving resources, I find out about something new. I also realize that a lot of work has gone into web archiving development long before it was something I first learned about in 2013. With this in mind, it’s quite possible that a lot of good stuff is missing from the following list — please add resources you love in the comments or alert me of my ignorance via contact page. =) thank you!

Get Started

  • International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) website – What is web archiving?
  • IIPC blog post (2015), Ian Milligan – “So You Want to Get Started In Web Archiving?” Provides an excellent list of blogs to follow.
  • Archive-It Web Archiving Life Cycle – the examples are specific to Archive-It service and partners, but in any case the life cycle breakdown and concepts are helpful to think about the range of activities and policy that go into a web archiving program.
  • DPC Technology Watch 13-01, (2013), Maureen Pennock “Web-Archiving”
  • NDSA 2013 Web Archiving in the United States survey report

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fellowship update: summer presentation series

Have you ever noticed just how many tools and projects include the word archives? ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, Archivum, Archivematica, Archive-It, Archon… And as if those aren’t enough to keep up with, there are a plethora of other tools to consider  …. ePADD, BitCurator, atom, Aeon, ContentDM…

The features and functionality of the various tools can overlap or can be different yet complementary. The software development support and options for hosted services vary widely. The use cases and placement within workflow is fluid often depending on institutional context and content types. This is no huge issue for professionals actively engaged with learning, testing and implementing the various tools. But what about folks who don’t work with these tools every day, but need to know about them? How can our colleagues keep it all straight?


communicating the shades of digital archives and preservation tools through summer presentation series. (Flickr user Alex Ford)

Well, there is likely no one solution to this, but communication is a big deal in complex organizations. One communication effort for IASC has been the digital archives blog, Engineering the Future of the Past (EFP). This summer, Kari also launched a series of presentations for MIT Libraries staff on digital archives and preservation tools. Kari opened the series by talking about the overall digital archives ecosystem, possible workflow options, and tool integration ideas. Then she hosted a few sessions focused on the following tools: Archivematica, ArchivesSpace, atom, and BitCurator. For slides and other details, check out the post on EFP.

On August 28, I presented on ePADD as part of this summer series. I discussed how email can be challenging for archivists and then gave an overview of my experience testing ePADD so far. I hope to share my slides soon (probably on EFP).

If you’re actively communicating with colleagues about emerging digital curation workflows and software, I’d love to hear about your strategies.