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Dept. of Labor Web Archiving Project

Starting on January 5, 2009, the Department of Labor (DOL) archived all DOL agency Web sites as they existed at that time.

According to the GCN article, the Department was concerned that, in the Library of Congress project to crawl and harvest agency web sites at the end of the Bush administration, the Department had no control over what would be archived and when and there will be limitations on what gets preserved and the searchability of those pages. The Department’s snapshot will give it control over dates and areas on the site preserved and will allow users to search for key words and text.

The department estimates that it has roughly 1.6 million pages of information. With a service agreement with the Internet Archive, the department will be able to archive up to 5 million Web pages and related documents over the course of a year.

The Internet Archive is also working separately with the Energy Department, the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

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