Living Web Archives

The Internet Memory Foundation (formerly European Archive Foundation) has been involved from February 2008 to January 2011 in Living Web Archives (LiWA), a three-year project funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Research Framework Programme under Project No 216267.

The Living Web Archives project carries Web archiving beyond the current approach, characterized by static snapshots, to one that fully accounts for the dynamics and interrelations of Web content. Through an ambitious plan of research, the project aimed to improve archive fidelity, coherence, and interpretability.

The result of LiWA’s work is a set of next generation Web archiving methods and tools making possible the creation and long-term usability of high-quality Web archives. Aspects of the project’s research focuses on improving Web capture fidelity by providing for the capture of the hidden Web and all types of content, including content that is currently difficult to gather, and by filtering out unwanted content through spam and trap detection. Other aspects of the project addresses the temporal incoherence inherent in current Web capture methods and tools. The research also addresses the rapid semantic and technological evolution of the Web in order to promote the long-term viability of Web archives.

The project leader was the L3S Research Center in Hannover, Germany.
Besides the Internet Memory Foundation, the Max Planck Institut for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, Germany; the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary; the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision in Hilversum, The Netherlands; Hanzo Archives Limited in London, England; the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague, the Czech Republic; and the Moravian Library in Kounicova, the Czech Republic has been involved.

For more information on Living Web Archives, please visit the Project website.
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