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If These WARCs Could Talk: Learning from Archived Web & Social Media Covid-19 Collections

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each...

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How Researchers Use the Archived Web: DPC publishes first in new Technology Watch Guidance Note Series

The DPC has launched a new series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes which complement its popular Technology Watch Reports. The first of these Guidance Notes is now available for DPC Members and is titled How Researchers Use the Archived Web, by Peter Webster (requires member login). How Researchers Use the Archived Web orients organisations engaged in Web archiving (or those intending to be), to the kinds of uses researchers might expect to make of the content they...

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Capturing the UK Government Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic at The National Archives UK

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each...

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Catching an Avalanche with a Teaspoon: the Global Challenge of Web Archiving the Coronavirus Pandemic

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each...

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Harnessing the Crowd: Coronavirus Topical Collection at the UK Web Archive

A Note from the Editor, Sara Day Thomson As the coordinator of the DPC’s Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative, and persevering professionals in the field. The community of archivists, curators, librarians, researchers, and enthusiasts who do the work of capturing and preserving web resources has always displayed a collaborative spirit and a willingness to try new approaches and learn from each...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Four: Outreach & Awareness Raising

Following on from Episode Three on integrating web archives into existing collections, this episode addresses strategies for engaging researchers and other users and raising awareness about how to find and use archived web content. While methods for capturing and archiving the web have improved, significant use of these materials by researchers is still relatively nascent. Many archive and library users aren’t even aware that web archives exist. Speakers for this webinar will discuss the...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Three: Integrating Web Archives into Existing Collections

Following on from Episodes One and Two on different approaches to capturing web content, Episode Three invites speakers and participants to discuss the challenges of integrating web archives into existing collections. The episode will address issues such as: choosing tools or services for capture for different types of content understanding the output of different web archiving tools or services metadata for archived web content curating WARCs and turning them into...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode Two: Approaches & Tools - DIY & Microservices

Following on from Episode One on large-scale approaches, this episode examines alternative methods of archiving web content, focusing on smaller scale tools and strategies that suit particular content types or more focussed collecting. Episode Two: Approaches & Tools - DIY & Microservices provides an overview of how to do web archiving yourself, whether you’re an archivist for a small organisation, a research data manager looking for ways to support web-based research outputs, or a...

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Save the Date for the Next Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group General Meeting in Belfast

Mark your calendars! The DPC is delighted to announce the next Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group General Meeting will take place at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in Belfast on 23 July 2020. As a General Meeting, this event will be open only to DPC Members. All Members are welcome (and encouraged!) despite previous participation.

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Episode One: Approaches & Tools - Large-scale and Collaborative

Launching the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series , Episode One will feature three speakers discussing Approaches & Tools - Large-scale and Collaborative. This episode introduces approaches and tools for capturing web archives with scalable services or collaborative programmes. Speakers will address strategies for large-scale web archiving, where volume necessitates automation for efficient capture and search functionality. The webinar will also reflect on the limitations of...

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Episode Three of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series in now open for registration

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the webinar 'Integrating Web Archives into Existing Collections'. This webinar is the third episode of the Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series for DPC Members and Supporters and will take place on 20 February 2020 at 14:00 GMT. 

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Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group: Social Media & Complex Content

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Web Archiving & Preservation Webinar Series - Winter 2020 (DPC Members & Supporters only)

The DPC is delighted to announce a new webinar series, Web Archiving & Preservation, for DPC Members and Supporters commencing 30th January 2020. In response to requests for more guidance on archiving web content (and acknowledging the demand expressed in DPC's 2018 Digital Preservation Training Needs Survey), this webinar series targets specific activities and approaches to help organisations learn about how to plan, implement, and progress web archiving at their institution.

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What if online services had a time dimension?

Euan Cochrane is Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library Online web services are used by billions of people every day. They impact our lives and society in a myriad of ways. The way they present data to us and the ways they manipulate and transform the data we store in them have the potential to change behaviour and our understanding of the world. And this is all being done at a scale unimaginable in previous history.  These services have changed greatly over...

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The long WARC to freedom

Tom Wilson is Associate Archivist (Digital Preservation) for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Switzerland. Our recent transfer of web-crawl suppliers taught us that the best laid plans can be derailed by factors beyond one’s control. UNHCR has been capturing content for its web-archive since 2015, working with Internet Memory Research (IMR) as our supplier to capture, store and display this content. In 2018, IMR informed us that they would be going bankrupt....

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force

Description This gathering of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force (WAPTF) will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the web archiving and preservation topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. Hosted by Tate, the meeting will progress issues raised at the last meeting, such as the formation of sub-groups around specific areas of interest like social media. Remote Joining For those unable to attend in-person, the meeting will be accessible...

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Capturing Luxembourg Elections

“Television is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it.” – Roger Ailes, 1968. Even though TV and print media still prevail in the Luxembourg political environment, the influence of online information is continually growing. The days when elections are either won or lost, based on the success of online campaigning may not be far away. Recently, Luxembourg has seen an exceptional time in political discourse, since the country...

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Digital Preservation in an ever-changing world! A response to the DPC’s Web & Social Media Archiving briefing day

Francielle Carpenedo is a PhD student at the Institute of Modern Languages Research/School of Advanced Study; affiliated with the AHRC’s OWRI ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ project. I am a PhD student with a thing for communication. One of the things I am often intrigued about is how people communicate in connection to the contextual cues that shape the different ways language is used to get things done in their everyday lives. That goes from sending letters, talking on the...

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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force

The virtual conference of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force will resume at 14.00 GMT when the group re-convenes after a tour of National Records of Scotland. Description This gathering of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force (WAPTF) will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the web archiving and preservation topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. Hosted by National Records of Scotland, the meeting will progress issues raised at...

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Web Preservation at iPRES 2018

Colin Armstrong is a Disc Imaging Technician at the British Library and attended iPRES 2018 with support from the DPC's Leadership Programme which is generously funded by DPC Supporters It is important to state fae the off that web preservation and internet archiving is not something I am particularly familiar with; so I was pleased to attend the morning paper presentations on web preservation and get tae grips with the terminology, learn about some practical theories in...

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