Internet Memory Foundation participated in collaboration with the UK National Archives to a Web archiving pilot with seven local authorities archive services in the UK. Great success!
Since several years, Internet Memory collaborates with the UK National Archives to collect and preserve Web content from UK governmental websites. In this framework, terabytes of online documents are archived every year, generating millions of hits per week on the UK National Web Archives.
In order to encourage local archive services to create their own Web archive, The National Archives decided one year ago to organize a Web archiving pilot with 7 local authority archive services, representing 20 local authorities.
Internet Memory was glad to be part of this pilot for the training and operational steps including:
- training session about processes, tools, challenges
- selection of websites: each service had to select 3 websites to archive
- crawls in January 2012, monitoring and QA involving each service.
At the end of the pilot, participants were satisfied by the experience and results.
They are now considering future options to develop their own Web archives.
To be continued…
Results of Web archiving Pilot by local archive services
Greater Manchester Archives Group
North Yorkshire County Record Office
West Yorkshire Archives Service
Dorset History Centre