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Web-at-risk: preserving govt and political information

Valerie Glenn, University of Alabama Libraries nee University of North Texas, has an article out in the current First Monday entitled, “Preserving Government and Political Information: The Web–at–Risk Project” that talks about … wait for it … Web harvesting!

It’s based on her talk at 2007 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World. In fact the whole issue of First Monday 12(7) is dedicated to selected papers from the WebWise. Valerie’s article the what and why of Web harvesting, gives some sample collections, tools, and services and talks a little about some of the overarching issues involved in Web harvesting. There’s more information on the Web-at-risk wiki.

Besides Valerie’s article, there are podcasts of all of the sessions from WebWise07 where you’ll hear the likes of Liz Bishoff, Günter Waibel, Steve Puglia, Deanna B. Marcum etc.

And if you haven’t heard of First Monday you owe it to yourself to get over to that link and check out all their past issues. Or look at Best Mondays, their most read — or at least most accessed — articles.

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