Sunday, April 13, 2008

Web archives, part 2

Someone at NARA has posted a comment at this blog responding to the accusation that web pages are being lost to history. The writer points to this partnership with North Texas Libraries to indicate what is actually being done to preserve web documents, while criticizing the quality of the program that has just been discarded. The comment turns into a rant toward the end, but makes some good points along the way.

NARA has extended their traditional records scheduling to include internal e-records, but it's not clear to me that this includes web pages. Libraries have always collected government documents, not so much to preserve them for all time, but simply to make the information available at all to the public. I don't see public libraries having a strong motivation to archives web pages, but I should think archives and academic libraries would.

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