[UPDATE 7/2/12: I’ve added all the names of the people blogging as “EOT archive”. jrj]
It’s been a while since we’ve had a guest blogger, but this month’s turn at the podium will surely make up for it. Our guest bloggers for July, 2012 the members of the End of Term (EOT) Web Archiving project — that’s @eotarchive on twitter. Group members contributing blog posts include:
- Andrea Goethals: Digital Preservation and Repository Services Manager – Harvard Library
- Abbie Grotke: Web Archiving Team Lead – Library of Congress
- Cathy Hartman: Associate Dean – University of North Texas Libraries
- Michael Neubert: Supervisory Digital Projects Specialist – Library of Congress
- Kris Carpenter Negulescu: Director, Web Group – Internet Archive
- Tracy Seneca: Web Archiving Service Manager – California Digital Library
The EOT collaboration began in the summer of 2008, when the project partners, all members of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) and partners in the National Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), agreed to join forces to collaboratively archive the U.S. Government web at the end of the Bush administration. The goal of the project team was to execute a comprehensive harvest of the Federal Government domains (.gov, .mil, .org, etc.) in the final months of the Bush administration, and to document changes in the federal government websites as agencies transitioned to the Obama administration. The 2008-2009 Archive includes over 16 terabytes of data collected from Federal Government websites in the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government and is available for public access. Partners for the 2008-2009 capture included the Internet Archive, the California Digital Library, the Library of Congress, the University of North Texas Libraries, and the U.S. Government Printing Office. Harvard Library has joined the partnership for the 2012-2013 work.
The partners are again beginning an End of Term capture for 2012-13. Additionally in 2012, a capture of elections-related websites began in January and will run through the November elections. For information about the 2012-2013 End of Term project, see an upcoming post on this blog. For an in-depth discussion of the 2008-2009 Webarchive, see the article “It Takes a Village to Save the Web: The End of Term Web Archive” recently published in DttP: Documents to the People, Spring 2012, Volume 40, no. 1, pages 16-23 (That issue is not yet online, but IS available in many libraries around the country).
Welcome End-of-term archive!