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These monthly updates are sent to our partners via email, but are also available here.  If you are not currently on the list and would like to receive these via email, please contact Sylvie (sylvie at archive dot org). Updates are listed with the most recent first. 


October 2013

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends

The Archive-It team welcomes our newest partners Bates College, Georgia Institute of Technology Archives, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Rollins College

Partner Specialist Update

We are very pleased  to welcome our newest Partner Specialist Maria LaCalle! Maria has over 10 years experience working in archives and is excited to be joining Archive-It to support her colleagues in the field.   And for our partners in the ET zone Lori Donovan will be transitioning to a remote position based in Ann Arbor Michigan.  Lori has been working in the San Francisco office since 2010 and we are looking forward to having a stronger presence farther east.
 

Archive-It Partner Meeting - Salt Lake City, Utah

Our annual Archive-It partner meeting is fast approaching. Registration is complimentary on the Partner Meeting Website . Registration closes on   October 25th .  This is a great opportunity to meet with colleagues, discuss web archiving plans and provide feedback on Archive-It 5.0. which will include usability testing with a UX Designer. We are also accepting proposals for presentations here.   Submissions are due by October 18 http://archiveitmeeting2013.wordpress.com/presentations/ .

 

Quality Assurance Training

We will be holding an advanced training session on Quality Assurance on Thursday October 17th at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET. This session will focus on our Wayback QA tool and include information about reviewing post crawl reports. If you are interested in attending please email Sylvie at Sylvie@archive.org .

 

General Archive Survey  (www.archive.org)

Please take a moment to fill out our short Archive-It/General Archive survey. We want to make sure we are meeting our partner’s need re: access to their data

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LK3CZBQ

 

What’s Keeping Us Busy?

-Museums and the Web Asia

The Archive-It team will be conducting a half-day Web Archiving Workshop at Museums and the Web Asia on December 9. This workshop will incorporate use cases from current Archive-It musuem partners, discuss best practices and challenges, providing hands-on experience of the full web archiving lifecycle - from selection to capture to access.  You can find more information about Museums and the Web Asia, the Web Archiving Workshop, and register for the conference here: http://mwa2013.museumsandtheweb.com/  

 

-LIM Conference

Later this week, Kristine Hanna will be giving a presentation on web archiving at Archive-It partner LIM College’s “Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode” conference in New York City.

 

International Web Archiving Meeting in Innsbruck a success!

On September 20th we hosted our first web archiving meeting outside of the US with our co-host and Archive-It partner the University of Innsbruck. You can read all about it, as well as take a look at the presentation slides on our blog .

 

-Archive-It 5.0

We’re diving into plans for our 5.0 redesign (2014) which will include a major overhaul of the UI. You can take a look at the list of updated/new features and functionalities here . If you’d like to be involved in our 5.0 development (focus groups, surveys, alpha and beta testers, etc) please email us a t archiveit5.0@archive.org

Featured Collection

The University of Utah became an Archive-It partner in 2010 and has been collecting information on their University. Their University of Utah Web Archive collection provides a great overview of their University community through social media, department, library, and administrative websites, and student group websites, just to name a few. Check out their collection at http://archive-it.org/collections/2278 .

 
September 2013

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends

The Archive-It team is happy to welcome our new partners Indiana University, Area Studies Department, Temple University Libraries , and Williams College   

  Archive-It Partner Meeting - Salt Lake City  

We’re looking forward to hosting our annual Archive-It Partner Meeting on Tuesday, November 12th in Salt Lake City, Utah. To find out more information and register, check out the Archive-It Partner Meeting Website . There is no cost to register. This is a great opportunity for partners to meet with colleagues, discuss their web archiving plans, ask questions and provide feedback on Archive-It 5.0 development plans. We’re also accepting proposals for meeting presentations, please submit your ideas here http://archiveitmeeting2013.wordpress.com/presentations/ Presentations can focus on Collection Development, Collection Management, Collaborative web archiving programs, Access, and/or Collection Integration.

Educational Partnerships

This semester the Archive-It team is working with instructors and students in New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s School of Information to incorporate the Archive-It service into their coursework. You can read more about these and our other Educational Partnerships on our blog . If you’re interested in using Archive-It as part of your curriculum please email Lori at lori@archive.org for more information.    

Museums and the Web Asia

The Archive-It team will be conducting a half-day Web Archiving Workshop at Museums and the Web Asia on December 9. This workshop will provide use cases from current Archive-It musuem partners, discuss best practices, lessons learned, challenges and success stories, providing hands-on experience of the full web archiving lifecycle - from selection to capture to access.

You can find more information about Museums and the Web Asia, the Web Archiving Workshop, and register for the conference here: http://mwa2013.museumsandtheweb.com/  

K-12 Program  

Archive-It is is pleased to announce that we will be continuing our K-12 Web Archiving Program for the 2013-2014 school year, with seven schools participating.

Now in its 6th year, 3rd to 12th grade students will create collections of web content that will become accessible from the Archive-It public website http://www.archive-it.org/k12/ by the end of the school year next May 2014. The program kicks off October 14 with students attending an online training and working together to designate collections topics and content.

Society of American Archivists 2014 Presentation Ideas

SAA is currently accepting proposals for panels and presentations for their 2014 conference: Archives*Records: Ensuring Access . Archive-It is hoping to present on work we’re doing around visualizations and improved access to web archives. We would like to include Archive-It partners on a panel to talk about ways that they provide access to and promote their Archive-It content. The Archive-It team is also open to other presentation ideas as well, so let us know

What’s Keeping Us Busy?

  • We’re continuing to work on plans for our 5.0 redesign (2014). We are hiring new team members now as we ramp up, including a Web App Developer and a UX Designer /Information Architect  You can take a look at the current list of updated/new features and functionalities here . If you’d like to be involved in our 5.0 development (focus groups, surveys, alpha and beta testers, etc) please email us a t archiveit5.0@archive.org .  

  • The Archive-It team is headed to the  University of Innsbruck for our first International Web Archiving meeting on September 20th in Austria. You can find out more about this meeting and at http://webarchiving2013.wordpress.com/ .  We are looking forward to seeing our European colleagues and will have a full report when we return.

Featured Collection

We hope you’re hungry, because this month we’re featuring the University of Texas at San Antonio’s great collection of Mexican cooking blogs! This collection has been active since 2010 and contains over 47 different Mexican cooking blogs with topics ranging from standard Mexican dishes, to vegan dishes, to cooking Mexican food in Dublin, Ireland. Check out their collection and get some dinner ideas here http://archive-it.org/collections/1901  

Connect with us! Follow and Like us on Twitter and Facebook

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August 2013

Hi Archive-It Partners and Friends
 

The Archive-It team would like to welcome our new partners New Mexico State University, Colgate University, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 

Archive-It at the Society of American Archivists Meeting

The Archive-It team is hosting a web archiving meetup at the SAA annual meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, August 15 from 12-1pm in Grand Salon 13/16 . Please RSVP to Lori (lori@archive.org); it will be a great opportunity to meet other Archive-It partners, learn more about what they are doing and chat with the Archive-It team.  We look forward to seeing you there!  
 

Archive-it Partner Meeting

The   2013 Archive-It Partner Meeting will be held the day before the Best Practices Exchange 2013 conference on Tuesday, November 12th in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a great opportunity for partners to meet with their colleagues, discuss their web archiving plans, and have a chance to hear about (and provide feedback on) future development plans for Archive-It. To find out more information about the meeting and register, check out the Archive-It Partner Meeting Website .  Registration is complimentary.

 

Request for Interviews

We want to hear about your web archiving activities! The Archive-It Blog is publishing a series of interviews with Archive-It partners. It's a great way to promote  your institution and your collections, as well as spread the word about the importance of web archiving. If you would like to contribute please contact Scott at Scott@archive.org .
 

International Web Archiving Meeting

The Archive-It team and the University of Innsbruck are hosting our first International Web Archiving meeting on September 20th in Austria. You can find out more about this meeting and complimentary registration at http://webarchiving2013.wordpress.com/ .  Also, we have a small number of slots for remote presentations so please let us know asap if you would be interested in this option.

Web Archiving Incentive Program

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, with the help of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is inviting proposals for projects to develop tools and applications to improve the process of web archiving or the use of archival content. You can read more about the project and how to submit proposals at https://library.columbia.edu/bts/web_resources_collection/call_for_proposals.html  

Featured Partner

The National Library of Australia houses a large collection on the Asia Pacific region. Since 2007 they have been been using Archive-It to collect comprehensive sets of websites from countries in Asia with topics ranging from national elections in Indonesia, Burma/Myanmar, and Cambodia, to human rights in Thailand, to literary blogs and poetry from East Timor. You can take a look at these collections here http://archive-it.org/organizations/153    

What’s Keeping Us Busy?

The Archive-It Team is continuing to work on plans for Archive-It 5.0 to be launched spring of 2014..  5.0 will be an overhaul of the existing framework and user interface plus the addition of a brand new set of capabilities.  You can take a look at tentative list of features and functionalities here . We will provide lots of opportunities for partners to provide comments and feedback, with focus groups and surveys.  If you’d like to participate in 5.0 development please email us a t archiveit5.0@archive.org  

Archive-It now has over 1130 likes on Facebook and over almost 700 Twitter followers!   http://www.facebook.com/ArchiveIt and   https://twitter.com/archiveitorg  


July 2013

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends,

The Archive-It Team is happy to welcome our new partners University of British Columbia Library, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, Oracle Education Foundation, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, La Crosse Public Library Archives, New Mexico State University,   and the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation.    

International Web Archiving Meeting

The Archive-It team and the University of Innsbruck will be hosting our first International Web Archiving meeting on September 20th, 2013. You can find out more about this meeting and register for free at http://webarchiving2013.wordpress.com/ .

SAA Meetup

The Archive-It team will be hosting a web archiving meetup/Birds of a Feather at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, August 15 from 12-1pm. Please RSVP to Lori (lori@archive.org); it will be a great opportunity to meet other Archive-It partners, learn more about what they are doing and chat with the Archive-It team.  We look forward to seeing you there!    

Nelson Mandela Collection

Archive-It is working with the University of North Texas and the International Internet Preservation Consortium to create a collection to document Nelson Mandela’s legacy. If you have seeds you would like to submit to this collection, please add them here: http://digital2.library.unt.edu/nomination/mandela2013/add/  

Archive-It and DuraCloud

Archive-It and DuraCloud will be working with Columbia University, Rice University, and the State of North Carolina on a digital storage pilot project. We are hoping to make this service available to all partners later this year. You can read more about the pilot project here .

  Archive-It Partner Meeting

This year’s Archive-It Partner Meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, UT on November 12th, prior to the Best Practices Exchange 2013 conference . This meeting is an excellent opportunity for partners to meet with their colleagues, discuss their web archiving programs and plans, see what others are doing, and have a chance to hear about future plans for Archive-It. To find out more information about the meeting check out our Archive-It Partner Meeting Website .

Association of Canadian Archivists Conference

On June 15th, Partner Specialist Scott Reed, along with Amanda Wakaruk and Kelly E. Lau of the University of Alberta presented “ Community Tools and Best Practices for Harvesting and Preserving At-Risk Web Content” as part of the ACA annual conference that took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Archive-It has collaborated with Canadian partners to capture at-risk government documents before they disappear as part of Canada's Web Renewal Program. This content is publicly available on the Archive-It site, see collections by University of Toronto , University of Alberta , and Government of Canada Publications (a collaboration between Archive-It and Alberta).

What’s Keeping Us Busy

On July 9th, Kristine Hanna spoke at the Documentary Heritage on the Internet Conference hosted by the National Library of Spain in Madrid. You can read more about that conference here .

Partner Specialist Scott Reed will be presenting a poster at the NDIPP/NDSA Digital Preservation meeting on July 23rd. Find out more about Digital Preservation 2013 here .


Archive-It now has over 1100 likes on Facebook and over 630 Twitter followers! http://www.facebook.com/ArchiveIt and   https://twitter.com/archiveitorg

 

June 2013

Hi Archive-It Partners and Friends

 

The Archive-It Team is happy to welcome our new partners The University of Washington Libraries, The Port of Everett, Harvard Business School, Presbyterian Historical Society and The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

  2013  Partner Meeting

We’re excited to announce that the   2013 Archive-It Partner Meeting will be held the day before the Best Practices Exchange 2013 conference on Tuesday, November 12th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, UT. This is a great opportunity for partners to meet with their colleagues, discuss their web archiving programs and plans, see what others are doing, and have a chance to hear about future plans for Archive-It. To find out more information about the meeting check out our Archive-It Partner Meeting Website .

  K12 Collections

Since 2008 we have been working with teachers and students in K-12 classrooms to create their own web archives and this past month we wrapped up our 5th year with students from 7 different schools across the country. The students chose websites that were important to them and provided descriptions for each site so people in the future would understand their significance. Topics included local and national sports teams, education, popular styles and fashion, and online games. You can take a look at their collections at http://archive-it.org/k12/ .

Web Archiving Initiatives Wiki page

Ever wonder who is archiving the web around the world? Well so did the folks at the Portuguese Web Archive team who started this wiki page with the results of their research paper A Survey on Web Archiving Initiatives . Please consider adding your institution and web archiving initiative to the list and put your name on the web archiving map!

  Archive-it 5.0

The Archive-It Team is moving ahead with our plans for the Archive-It 5.0 Release which will be an overhaul of the existing framework plus the addition of a brand new set of capabilities.  You can take a look at tentative list of features and functionalities here .  We welcome your comments and feedback.

  Turkey Protests Collection

We are currently running daily crawls on the protests in Turkey and will post the access link to the collection on Facebook and Twitter next week. We are adding seeds daily, so please submit your seed nominations on our Google Doc .  

  What’s Keeping Us Busy?

Partner Specialist Scott Reed will be presenting on June 15th at the Association for Canadian Archivists Annual Conference in Winnipeg, MB.  He will be presenting with our partners at the University of Alberta to talk to talk about community tools and best practices for harvesting and preserving at-risk web content. Take a look at the conference schedule .

We’re continuing to update our Archive-It blog. Check out our most recent posts on archiving Tumblr and our Friends of the Archive collections and read about all things web archiving at http://blog.archive-it.org/ .

Featured Collection

This month we’re featuring a collection for our new partner the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. They have been collecting exhibition catalogues, press kits, and ephemera from the Venice Biennale since 2007. This year they are including ephemeral web content in their collection. You can see their 2013 Venice Biennale collection at http://archive-it.org/collections/3682 .

 

Archive-It now has over 1060 likes on Facebook and almost 600 Twitter followers!

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May 2013

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends
 

The Archive-It Team is happy to welcome our new partners Harvard University Division of Continuing Education, Gettysburg University, CUNY Graduate Center,   and University of Miami

4.8 Release

On May 2nd we released Archive-It 4.8. Partners now have access to a number of new features and functionalities including:

  • “Smart” URL Deduplication

  • Archiving password protected sites (ALPHA)  

  • Wayback QA tool

  • IP authentication for Wayback access

  • Ability to import seed and document metadata

  • Seed level metadata OAI-PMH feed

Check out our release notes and please let us know if you have any questions.  

ALA meet up

Who’s going to the ALA Annual meeting in Chicago this summer (June 27-July 2)? We’re trying to gauge interest in an ALA Archive-It meetup where you can mingle with other Archive-It partners, learn more about their approaches to web archiving and chat with the Archive-It partner support team.  Please express your interest by taking this quick survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RS97KKD  

Archive-It and Artists Resources

NYARC report:

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), in conjunction with Truman Technologies, conducted a  project to determine the best options for archiving organizational and artists’ websites and other born-digital art related materials,as more art libraries and museums enter the world of web archiving web content. The reports outlining the findings, which include consultant recommendations for Archive-It, are available to read here .

MWA report:

Heather Slania’s article “Online Art Ephemera Web Archiving at the National Museum of Women in the Arts”, published in the Spring 2013 issue of Art Documentation, details the efforts of the NMWA’s efforts to archive online ephemera using Archive-it. The article focuses specifically on quality assurance and the completeness of captures as they relate to archiving art related materials. The article is available on JSTOR .

Check out our Archive-It Blog post about archiving ephemeral art content here    

What’s Keeping Us Busy?  

The Archive-It team will be presenting at the Conference for Inter-Mountain Archivists/Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists on May 24th. You can find out more about this conference on the CIMA/SRMA 2013 website .

Featured Collection

Our partners at the Alabama State Archives have been archiving the Twitter feeds of the Alabama State Representatives and Senators since 2011. You can take a look at their collection here : http://archive-it.org/collections/2951  


Archive-It now has over 1000 likes on Facebook and over 550 Twitter followers!

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April 2013

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends

The Archive-It Team is happy to welcome our new partners Portland State University, Texas A&M University-College Station, and University of Denver

Birds of a Feather
Over 80 archivists and librarians attended our first “Birds of a Feather” Web Archiving session at the New England Archivists (NEA) Spring Conference in March. This session provided an introduction to web archiving use cases, goals and best practices, as well as audience discussion on how to articulate the value of web archives to others in your organization.

Our next BOAF session, lead by Tessa Fallon and Lori Donovan, will be held at the Midwest Archives Conference on April 19.  Learn more here: http://webarchivingrt.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/web-archiving-birds-of-a-feather-at-midwest-archives-conference/

Spring Conferences
Partner Specialist Scott Reed will be at the Society for California Archivists (SCA) on April 12th, moderating a panel on World Wide Web Overload: Archiving a Messy Web with Archive-It partners from USC and Stanford. Information on that panel and on the the SCA conference can be found here: http://www.calarchivists.org/AGM_2013.  

On April 26th, Kristine Hanna will be participating in the Artists’ Files SIG at the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) conference. http://www.arlisna.org/pasadena2013/ .
Archive-It has been working with the Artists File group on a number of pilot projects since 2010 as we continue to explore web archiving use cases for museums and art libraries.

Also on April 26th, Partner Specialist Lori Donovan will be speaking on the topic of archiving social networking sites at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). More information on the talk and on MARAC can be found at http://www.marac.info/upcoming-conferences

Archiving Spontaneous Events
The Archive-It team has been working with several of partners, including Virginia Tech, to archive digital content covering current events as they unfold. Most recently we have been working on a collection related to the Supreme Court hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the repeal of Proposition 8. You can read more about our DOMA/Prop 8 collection and the process of creating spontaneous event collections in our most recent blog post.

Archive-It Metadata
We have started a wiki page to highlight how partners integrate their Archive-It collections into their systems/catalogs. You can see examples and add your own here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/How+Our+Partners+Use+Metadata  

Duracloud
The DuraCloud service is now integrated with Archive-it!

DuraCloud(www.duracloud.org) is a managed software service that lets organizations easily archive
their content across multiple cloud providers of their choosing. If your organization would like to find out more how to manage and preserve a copy of your archive-it files in DuraCloud please email the Archive-it
team or contact Carissa Smith, Duracloud partner specialist at csmith@duraspace.org. The DuraSpace organization can transfer the files from your Archive-it account upon your authorization.  No technical support is required by your organization.

Featured Collection
Since March 11, 2011 we have been working with the Virginia Tech Crisis, Tragedy, and Recovery Network  and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies to collect web content in both English and Japanese about the Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear disaster, and its aftermath. This past month marked the 2nd anniversary of the earthquake. You can check out the collection, including the content from the 2nd anniversary crawl, here http://archive-it.org/collections/2438.

What’s Keeping Us Busy?
We are continuing work on our 4.8 release, which is scheduled for the end of this month. If you are interested in learning more about 4.8, you can see an overview of its features and functionalities here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.8+Release

Help us reach 1000 likes on Facebook! and 500 Twitter followers
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Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback or news.  

Best,
The Archive-It Team


March 2013 

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends
 

The Archive-It Team is happy to welcome our new partners , the Institute for Advanced Study , Anvil Academics, Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia
 
Archive-It Blog
This month we released the Archive-It blog! You can read our first post here: http://blog.archive-it.org/ . Stay tuned for updates on projects we’re working on, posts from our partner organizations, and information about new and exciting developments in web archiving. If you are interested in writing a blog post about your work with Archive-It, web archiving, or digital preservation, please let Scott know at scott@archive.org .
 
Meet the Team  
Ever wondered about who actually works on the Archive-It service? Meet our team and check out http://archive-it.org/team .
 
Birds of a Feather
Tessa Fallon will be leading a web archiving “Birds of a Feather’ session at New England Archivists Spring Conference, on March 22nd from 2:00 - 3:00 http://webarchivingrt.wordpress.com/ . There will also be a session at the Midwest Archives Conference on Friday, April 20th, from 12:20 - 1:15.  Many of you know Tessa as the former web collection curator at Columbia University. If you are interested in learning more about these sessions contact Tessa at tessa@archive.org .
 
Archive-It Meetups and Discussion Groups
In February, 13 different partner organizations attended our online meetup for State Archives and Libraries. We had some interesting discussions on web archiving topics like permissions and metadata and how they are handled at different organizations. If you would like to participate with other likeminded organizations, please consider joining a discussion group(s) to discuss topics of interest or make a request for a meetup.

  • Museum and art libraries
  • Public libraries and local government institutions
  • College and university libraries.  
  • State archives and libraries

Please email Sylvie if you would like to join at Sylvie@archive.org  
 
What’s Keeping Us Busy?
We’re busy gearing up for spring conferences. We will be presenting at the Society of California Archivists http://www.calarchivists.org/AGM_2013  meeting on April 12th and at ARLIS/NA http://www.arlisna.org/pasadena2013/ on April 27th.  
 
We are also working on our 4.8 release, which is scheduled for April. Here is an overview of features and functionalities here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.8+Release  
 
Featured Collection
C heck out this blog post by our partners at the Smithsonian institution about how they’re using Archive-It to archive their digital content. The collection of Smithsonian Institution websites are listed here
http://www.archive-it.org/organizations/660  
 
We have almost 900 likes on Facebook and 434 Twitter followers
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Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback or news.  
Best,
The Archive-It Team


February 2013

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends,
   
Heritrix 3 Release
On Thursday, February 14th will be releasing an updated version of our current Heritrix crawler, Heritrix 3 (H3).  By upgrading our crawlers we will be able to offer some improvements in crawling features within Archive-It, including:

  • Improved ability to extract links from Javascript
  • Potential for crawling sites more quickly if the host servers have the capacity
  • Improvements to our backend infrastructure so that crawls with significant deduplication requirements will be able to start more quickly

Please let us know if you have any questions.  
 
Archive-It Blog
In mid February we will be kicking off our Archive-It Blog. The blog will be available at http://blog.archive-it.org/ if you want to bookmark it now. We are excited to enter the web archiving blogosphere! Look forward to posts from the Archive-It team and our partners on web archiving topics and events. If you are interested in writing a blog post about your work with Archive-It, web archiving, or digital preservation, please let Scott know at scott@archive.org .
 
What’s Keeping Us Busy?
We’ve been working hard this past month on our 4.8 release, which is scheduled for early April. If you are interested in learning more about 4.8, you can see an overview of its features and functionalities here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.8+Release  
 
Featured Collection: The Life of Aaron Swartz
This month we lost a friend and colleague, Aaron Swartz. This collection was created by friends and family - people around the world highlighting Aaron’s life and his work - with the many important contributions he made toward creating a more open and accessible web: http://www.archive-it.org/collections/3492  
 
We currently have over 800 likes on Facebook and 380 Twitter followers
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Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback, or news. 

Best,
The Archive-It Team


January 2013

Happy New Year! 

 
The Archive-It Team is happy to welcome our new partners The National Center for Atmospheric Research, Princeton Theological Seminary, Brigham Young University, Senator John Kerry, and Williams College
 
4.8 Release
The Archive-It team is hitting the ground running this year working on our 4.8 release, which will be released in early April. For more information about the features and functionality that will be included in this release see: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.8+Release . Let us know if you have any feedback or questions.
 
Social Networking Training  
On Thursday, January 31 at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET, the Archive-It Team will be providing an advanced training session focusing on archiving social networking sites. If you are interested in attending this session please email Sylvie at sylvie@archive.org .
 
Online Meet-ups and Partner Discussion Lists
This year we will be hosting online meetups and discussion lists for like minded organizations grappling with similar use cases and challenges. The first meetup will be for state archives and state libraries at the end of February 2/28 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET. Additionally, email discussion lists will be created for the following groups.

  • Museums and art libraries

  • State libraries and archives, historical societies

  • Public libraries and local government institutions

  • College and university libraries.  

If you would like to attend a meetup or be included in a discussion list, please email Sylvie at sylvie@archive.org and feel free to include any topics you would like to cover.  We realize there may be some overlap, so feel free to join as many discussion lists as you would like.
 
Birds of a Feather  

In 2013 we will be holding web archiving sessions at regional conferences around the country. Tessa Fallon, former web collection curator at Columbia University will be leading these sessions for us. These sessions might include an introduction to web archiving, with issues, challenges, lessons learned, and success stories. We'll also try and conduct sessions for more advanced users with deeper knowledge of web archiving. If you are interested in learning more and/or want to suggest a conference for a birds of a feather meeting, please contact Tessa at tessa@archive.org .
 
What’s Keeping Us Busy?
Towards the end of January, Archive-It team will be headed to Boston for a two day conference on the Japan Disaster Archives http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/digitalarchivesconference/ Over the past year we have been working with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies on this project and are looking forward to seeing our colleagues.  
 
Featured Collection
Our partners at Stanford University’s Social Sciences Resource Group have been archiving websites related to the US Budget. Take a look at their collection here:   http://archive-it.org/collections/1208  
 
We currently have over 760 likes on Facebook and 360 Twitter followers
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Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback or news.  

 


December 2012


Happy Holidays!
 
The Archive-It Team is very happy to welcome our new partners, The Utah Valley University Library , Seattle Public Schools , The University of Scranton , The New Museum , and Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives.
 
Archive-It Partner Meeting
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2012 partner meeting! Partner presentations are available online at https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+Partner+Meeting+Presentations+2012  
We had a productive brainstorming session on new features and functionality for the Archive-It service.
Several of these we incorporated into our April 4.8 release https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.8+Release and others we will look at for our 5.0 release later in 2013. As mentioned, our 5.0 release will include a major overhaul of the web application, including the user interface, full text search and capture mechanisms for social media sites.
 
Birds of a Feather  
In 2013 we will be holding web archiving sessions at regional conferences and events around the country (ie Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and Midwest Archives Conference). Tessa Fallon, former web collection curator at Columbia University will be leading these sessions for us. These sessions might include an introduction to web archiving, with issues, challenges, lessons learned, and success stories. We'll also try and conduct sessions for more advanced users with deeper knowledge of web archiving. If you are interested in learning more and/or want to suggest a conference for a birds of a feather meeting, please contact Tessa at tessa@archive.org .
 
Online Meet-ups
One of the requests at the partner meeting was to have online meetups with like minded organizations grappling with similar use cases and challenges. The first meetup will be for state archives and libraries at the end of February 2/28 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET. If you would like to attend email Sylvie at sylvie@archive.org and please feel free to include topics you would like to cover in the webinar.
 
Partners’ Landing Pages
As you may know, we have a page on our help site where we post links to the landing pages that partners create on their own websites to point users to their Archive-It collections. We are reorganizing this page so please take a minute to confirm the link for your organization’s landing page is accurate and send us any new links if you would like your organization to be included.
https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Partner%27s+Web+Pages+for+Archive-It+Collections  
 
Featured Collection
Our featured collection this month is from the University of New Mexico. “LA ENERGAIA: Energy Policy, Regulation and Dialog in Latin America” is a collection of English, Spanish, and Portuguese language sites covering issues related to energy policy. Take a look at this collection here: http://archive-it.org/collections/1939  
 
Thanks you for your support and your contributions to Archive-It this year. We look forward to working with all of you in 2013.  And as always, please let us know if you have questions, feedback, or news.  
 
Best,
The Archive-It Team


November 2012

Archive-It Partner Meeting
The 2012 Archive-It partner meeting is right around the corner on December 3 in Annapolis, Maryland. The deadline to register is November 15th. Friends and colleagues are welcome, and there is no cost to register. Learn more about the meeting and register here: http://archiveitmeeting2012.wordpress.com/.

Archive-It Educational Partnerships
Since 2006, Archive-It has been collaborating with library and information graduate schools to give students hands on experience with web archiving. Take a look at how Archive-It is being incorporated into Kari Krauss’ Information Access in the Humanities course at the University of Maryland’s iSchool here http://www.karikraus.com/?p=207

K12 Web Archiving Program
We just kicked off year #5 of our K12 Web Archiving program with 8 schools around the country. And the Library of Congress has been a terrific collaborator since the pilot. Motivated teachers, inspiring students and great content. We love this program! Visit http://www.archive-it.org/k12/ to browse and search content from the past four years.

“Zombies in the Archives”
Archives are always full of surprises, but who would have thought we’d be finding zombies? This article http://ws-dl.blogspot.com/2012/10/2012-10-10-zombies-in-archives.html discusses “zombie content” or content on the live web that shows up in archived resources. Click here https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Wayback+Machine%2C+Use+in+Proxy+Mode to find out more about Archive-It’s solution for keeping current content from appearing by viewing your archived sites using Proxy Mode.

Featured Collection:
With the 2012 Election on everyone’s minds, this month we are featuring collections of candidate websites. Oberlin College and Northwestern University partnered to create 18 different collections of major-party House and Senate candidate’s websites from the 2008, 2010 and 2012 campaigns. http://www.archive-it.org/organizations/316

Hurricane Sandy Collection
Our colleagues at Virginia Tech are working on creating an Archive-It collection on Hurricane Sandy. If you have suggestions for websites with at risk Sandy related content, please submit them here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0An4n3HWRcYB0dENfZFZvN3hGNGNSRG05VmpkWlJURWc#gid=0 To view the archived content from this collection, go to: http://archive-it.org/collections/3358

What’s Keeping Us Busy?
On October 25th we spoke at the Internet Archive’s 10 Petabyte Party, an event to commemorate the 10th Petabyte of data archived by the Internet Archive highlighting the Japan Disaster Digital Archive,  a collaboratoin  with Virgina Tech and Harvard University http://beta.jdarchive.org/en/home.

The Archive-It team will be speaking at 2012 Best Practices Exchange  http://www.bpexchange.org with our colleagues from LIPA (Legal Information Preservation Alliance) and Stanford University on community web archiving.  As always we look forward to presenting with our Archive-It partners.

We currently have over 660 likes on Facebook and 330 Twitter followers
Come join us!  http://www.facebook.com/ArchiveIt and https://twitter.com/archiveitorg

Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback or news.  

Best,
The Archive-It Team


October 2012

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends,

Welcome to our newest Archive-It Partners: The American Association of Architects, Baylor University, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Penn State University

Archive-It Partner Meeting
We are excited to host the 2012 Archive-It partner meeting on December 3 in Annapolis, Maryland.  There is no cost to register. Learn more about the meeting and register here:  http://archiveitmeeting2012.wordpress.com/. If you would be interested in presenting, please fill out this form: http://archiveitmeeting2012.wordpress.com/presentations/ We look forward to seeing everyone there!
 
New Partner Support Associate
The Archive-It service has a new team member! We are excited to welcome Sylvie Rollason-Cass as our newest Partner Support Associate. Sylvie recently received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Sylvie has been working in traditional library and archive settings for the past four years, and is very excited to transfer her skills to helping people work in a digital archive environment.

Archive-It 4.8 Release Roadmap
We have posted our development roadmap for Archive-It. The features and functionality are based on Archive-It partner's feedback and we greatly appreciate the time that many of you have taken to provide us with insights and suggestions on how to make the service more useful.   https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.8+Release

2012 U.S. Presidential and Congressional Elections
We have several Archive-It partners and colleagues creating collections around the upcoming Presidential and Congressional Elections. We’ll be sure to start showcasing these collections as the content is archived and becomes available for full text search.

One of our partners, Library of Congress welcomes website nominations for their collection http://digital2.library.unt.edu/nomination/election2012/add/

Featured Collection:
Government spending is a hot topic these days, so this month we are featuring a collection on the U.S budget. The Stanford University Social Sciences Resource Group’s U.S budget collection archives a number of government and non-government sites detailing different aspects of the United States Government budget  http://archive-it.org/collections/1208
 
What’s Keeping Us Busy?
Last week we spoke with Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Stanford University on the Japan Disaster Digital Archive. http://beta.jdarchive.org/en/home which we hope will become a model for how to provide access to archived content from spontaneous collections. This project is one that the Archive-It team, Virginia Tech and other partners have been collaborating on since the day of the earthquake over 18 months ago.

We currently have over 600 likes on Facebook and over 300 Twitter followers
Why don’t you join us!  http://www.facebook.com/ArchiveIt and https://twitter.com/archiveitorg

Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback or news.  

Best,
The Archive-It Team
 


September 2012 

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends, 

Welcome to our newest Archive-It Partners:  The Town of Cary in North Carolina , National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, Pikes Peak Library District, University of Maryland School of Information, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


New Partner Specialist
The Archive-It service has a new team member! We are excited to welcome Scott Reed as our newest Partner Specialist. Scott started last week on August 27 and we look forward to him working with all of our partners.  Scott has worked the past 3 years on community technology projects for a family resource center in San Francisco. His excitement for the internet, education, and user empowerment has also led him to work at a small academic department at UC Santa Cruz and at international development organizations in Kano, Nigeria.

Summer Partner survey
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summer survey and thanks to Anna Peterson, our University of Michigan intern who compiled the analysis.  Please take a few minutes to review the results and let us know if you have any questions:    https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+Partner+Survey+Summer+2012   

Archive-It 4.8 Release Roadmap
We have posted our development roadmap for Archive-It. The features and functionality are based on Archive-It partner's feedback and we greatly appreciate the time that many of you have taken to provide us with insights and suggestions on how to make the service more useful.   https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.8+Release


  Archive-It Partner Meeting
We are excited to host the 2012 Archive-It partner meeting on December 3 in Annapolis, Maryland.  There is no cost to register.  Learn more about the meeting and register here: http://archiveitmeeting2012.wordpress.com/ We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Upcoming Conference Proposals
The deadline for submitting proposals for  SAA 2013  in New Orleans is October 5. Would any of our partners like to put together a presentation on web archiving?     
Best Practices Exchange 2012   is coming up in December in Maryland. Archive-It would like to team up with Archive-It partners looking to present at this event.  

P lease contact  lori@archive.org  if you are interested in either conference.  

Featured Collection:
It's back to school time, so we wanted to feature a collection from one of our University partners! Indiana University's Open Folklore collection archives a diverse range of websites devoted to folklore and folklife and can be accessed here: http://archive-it.org/collections/2843 .

Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback or news.  
Best,
The Archive-It Team

 August 2012

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends,

Happy August everyone!  We would like to say a big welcome to our newest Archive-It partners:   Smithsonian Institution, Australian Wheat Exports , US Memorial Holocaust Museum and University of Texas, El Paso.

Archive-It at SAA
There will be an Archive-It birds of a feather session at SAA this year.  It will take place on Friday August 10 from 3:00-4:30 in Sapphire 400.  Please RSVP to Lori (lori@archive.org); it will be a great opportunity to meet other Archive-It partners, learn more about what they are doing and chat with the Archive-It team.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

Archive-It Partner Meeting and the Best Practices Exchange  
As many of you are aware, Best Practices Exchange (BPE) will be taking place December 4-6 in Annapolis, Maryland at the Loews Hotel. There will be a half day Archive-It partner meeting the day before the conference begins, on Monday, December 3rd, starting with lunch at 12:00 Noon ET; and we hope that many of you can come.  There is no registration fee required for the Archive-It partner meeting.
The Archive-It partner meeting is a great way to network with other partners, learn how they are using the Archive-It service (including success stories and challenges) as well as get questions answered by our Partner Specialists in person.

If you might be able to join us this year, please take just a minute to RSVP through this survey link here:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7SLTNBK

Summer Survey

With the help of Anna our University of Michigan Summer intern, we have created a Archive-It partner survey so we can continue to improve the Archive-It service based on your feedback.  The survey will take you no more than 10 minutes to complete, and the results are anonymous.  Please complete the survey by Friday August 10.

Here is a link to the survey:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/65QSGCW

Advanced Training - Reports and Crawl Scoping
We are offering an advanced training on reviewing reports and crawl scoping on  Thursday August 23 at 11:00 am PT. Please sign up with Julie (juliessa@archive.org).  Also, introductory trainings are held on an ongoing basis so if you or your colleagues would like to sign up, please contact Julie for more details. 

Web Archiving Life Cycle Model Update
Thank you to everyone that took a look at the draft of our web archiving lifecycle model.  We have integrated your feedback into an updated version of the model.  You are welcome to look at it here:  http://support.archive-it.org/entries/21658298-web-archiving-life-cycle-model-draft  by logging in with your Archive-It account login.

If you have any further comments, please send them to molly@archive.org before August 15.  We hope to finalize this model in the coming weeks. 

Featured Collection and Internet Archive News
Having the Olympics in London this year puts us in a mood to celebrate all things British, so this month we are featuring a Shakespearean collection!   The Folger Shakespeare library has curated a collection of sites relating to Shakespeare Festivals and Theatrical Companies:  http://archive-it.org/collections/2877    The Folger library also archives their own institutional website and social media presence.  

There is always a lot happening at the Internet Archive.  Here is the latest IA blog:  http://blog.archive.org/2012/07/24/news-from-the-internet-archive-0002/

Thanks as always for your support, and please let us know if you have questions, feedback or news.  
Best,
The Archive-It Team

July 2012

Hello Archive-It Partners and Friends,

Hope the summer season is finding you well!  We would like to welcome our newest Archive-It partners:    Bucknell University, Emerson University, Rockefeller Archives, Seamen's Church Institute,  and  University of Scranton .  

Web Archiving Life Cycle Model
Last week we sent an email about our development of a web archiving life cycle.  Please take a look at the draft model and send your feedback to molly@ archive.org . The draft is available at:  http://support.archive-it.org/entries/21658298-web-archiving-life-cycle-model-draft and can be viewed by logging in with your Archive-It account login.

Archive-It on the Road
Lori has just returned from Japan where she presented with our colleagues from the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University on archiving digital content around the Japan Earthquake and the on going restoration efforts.  You can read more about this initiative here:  http://harvardmagazine.com/2012/05/the-humanities-digitized  and see the Archive-It collection here  http://www.archive-it.org/collections/2438

Both Kristine and Lori will be attending the upcoming NDIIPP/NDSA meeting in Arlington, VA July 24-25.  Lori will be presenting an Archive-It demo on July 25 at 4:15pm.  You can learn more about the meeting here:  http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/meetings/ndiipp12.html

Collection of the Month
This month we are featuring the University of Wisconsin, Madison's collection of University websites:    http://archive-it.org/collections/2826    The University of Wisconsin has been an Archive-It partner since 2007.  Originally they used Archive-It to preserve websites related to stem cell research, and they have since expanded their collecting to include their university websites.  

What else is keeping us busy?
We are developing our annual summer survey, with the help of Anna Peterson, our summer intern from University of Michigan School of Information.  Stay tuned for more information!

Stay Connected
We're thrilled to have 239 followers on Twitter  @archiveitorg  and 504 friends on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ArchiveIt ).  Be sure and sign up to stay in touch!

Whats New at the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive has a monthly newsletter!  For more information about what we're up to, please see:  http://blog.archive.org/2012/06/18/news-from-the-internet-archive-0001/ .

As always thank you for your support, and please send us any questions, comments or other web archiving news. 

Best,
The Archive-It Team

June 2012

Hi Archive-It Partners and Friends,

We hope you've had a good spring.  First, we'd like to welcome some new partners to Archive-It:  Slippery Rock University, Texas A&M University at Commerce   and  University of Maryland - Baltimore .  We are also excited to announce that Texas A&M University at Commerce is Archive-It partner #200! We thank all of our partners for their support over the last 7 years. 

Highlighted Collections on the Archive-it.org Home Page
A s a reminder -  we can easily include up to 2 collection s from each partner in the "Explore Collections" section on the home page. If you'd like one of your collections to be featured, please send an image (a screenshot or logo) and text describing the collection (less than 250 characters) to  juliessa@archive.org .  It is a simple and effective way to get more exposure for your collections with the general public.

Summer Intern

We'd like to welcome our summer intern from the University of Michigan's School of Information:  Anna Peterson. We're excited to have Anna working with us!

Collection of the Month
T his month we're featuring the Avery Library collection from Columbia University Libraries, chosen by subject specialists from the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. Areas of thematic focus include historic preservation and urban planning, often relating to New York City, including the Architectural League of New York and the Global Heritage Fund.   You can browse through this collection  here .

Archive-It Partners in the News

 Our partners at the University of Texas at Austin's Latin American Government Documents Archive were featured in the Library of Congress' Signal blog this week:

  http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2012/06/web-archiving-and-mainstreaming-special-collections-the-case-of-the-latin-american-government-documents-archive/

  We enjoy hearing from partners who are talking about their web archiving endeavors in the press, so please send us links to any articles, and we can feature you here and on our  press page.

 What else is keeping us busy?

  • Over the summer we're investigating backend ways to support Solr based search implementation at the scale needed for all of the Archive-It data so we can begin a slow but steady migration away from NutchWAX.
  • Lori will be presenting at ALA in the Digital Preservation Interest Group Session on Sunday, June 24.   http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/node/385
  • Lori will be in Japan the first week of July presenting with our colleagues from the  Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University  on archiving digital content around the Japan Earthquake   and the on going restoration efforts. You can read more about this initiative here  http://harvardmagazine.com/2012/05/the-humanities-digitized

  As a reminder - t his is Kate's last week at the Internet Archive and while we are sad to see her go we wish her all the best!   The easiest way to ask the Archive-It team any general or technical questions is to click the "Submit a Question" link within your Archive-It account to create a ticket in our support system.

Best,
The Archive-It Team

May 2012

Hi Archive-It Partners and Friends,

We hope you've had a good spring.  First, we'd like to welcome some new partners to Archive-It: Rotary International and Roxbury Community College.

Archive-It 4.6 Release -- Coming Soon
The Archive-It team has been hard at work on our 4.6 release, which some new features we are excited to share with you.  You can read about the updates for this upcoming release at https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.6+Release .  

Opportunity to Present with Archive-It at iPRES
Are any partners thinking of attending iPRES in Toronto this coming October, and interested in putting together a panel proposal on a topic related to web archiving.  Please reach out to Graham Hukill ( graham@archive.org ) if you would like to be involved.  Proposals are due June 15.  More information, including possible topics can be found at http://ipres.ischool.utoronto.ca/call-for-contributions

Suggestions on how to get your Archive-It content to be seen/used by your patrons
A contribution from our partners at the Montana State Library on some innovative ways they've linked to their Archive-It content from their own website

K-12 Web Archiving Program
Our K-12 Web Archiving Program has wrapped up its fourth year, with 3rd through 12th graders from 10 schools across the country selecting websites that they would like to save for future researchers.  The program website will be updated soon with the collections created by this year's students, but you can take a look at past years at http://www.archive-it.org/k12/   There was also a great mention of this program in a recent Huffington Post blog post on Preservation Week.

Finally, we wanted to share some quotes from the youngest participants, 3rd graders at New York City Public School 174, Queens:

“They’re really going to listen to us and let us choose sites to save? We’re eight!”

“Does my mother have to choose the sites or can I really  choose?”

“Can we do this again next year? I have so many new places I visit and I want to be able to save them. I never knew we could and I don’t want my favorite sites to change or disappear.”

What else is keeping us busy?
Kristine and Lori will be attending a Web Archiving Summit in May hosted by our partners at Columbia University. We are looking forward to spending a couple of days with our colleagues to discuss key issues involved in collecting, preserving and making available content published on the web.

Best,
The Archive-It Team


April 2012

Happy Spring!  We'd like to welcome the following new partner organizations to Archive-It: Connecticut College , Johns Hopkins University - Sheridan Libraries , Nova Scotia Legislative Library , and Saint Michael's College .


4.6 Release Coming Soon
The Archive-It team has been working on features and functionality for our 4.6 release, which is coming up later this spring.  We will send out additional details on the exciting features in this release in the coming weeks!

Partners Receiving a Copy of their Data
We've been focused on finding ways to make receiving your data easier and to encourage more Archive-It partners to have a copy for access and/or preservation at their location.

Downloading (W)ARC files
For partners with 1/2 terabyte or less of data, our newly designed access page is a simple way to download a copy of your data and is absolutely free. If your institution has Internet 2, you can download your content from the access page using Internet 2, otherwise your regular internet connection will be used. Instructions for downloading WARC files can be found here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Partner+Guide+to+Downloading+Archive-It+Data .  Also, in a release later this year, we will have a way for partners to download only PDF files archived in their collections. Please provide us feedback as to the process so we can continue to make improvements.

Hard Drives
In the past most of our partners have chosen to receive a copy of their data on a hard drive that we ship to their organization 90 days after a subscription year ends. We have been working to reduce the price and we can now offer this service at $1000 per terabyte which includes the hard drive, your data, shipping, and user friendly documentation.

Collection of the Month:
This month we're featuring the Occupy Movement Archive-It collection created in collaboration with New York University and other colleagues: http://www.archive-it.org/collections/2950

This week at CNI in Baltimore MD, there was a panel on archiving the Occupy Movement
"Archiving Large Swaths of User-Contributed Digital Content: Lessons from Archiving the Occupy Movement"
http://www.cni.org/events/membership-meetings/upcoming-meeting/spring-2012/project-briefings-presentations/

What Else is Keeping us Busy?

Kate and Lori conducted a workshop on web archiving for 28 museums and art libraries colleagues at ARLIS/NA 2012 in Toronto last week. http://www.arlisna.org/toronto2012/workshops.html
Lori will be presenting with our partners at Arab American National Museum at Museums and the Web in San Diego in April. http://www.museumsandtheweb.com/mw2012/programs/preserving_the_web_content_of_the_21st_centu
The 4th year of the K12 Web Archiving program is coming to a close, and we are finalizing the access pages for the collections that the 4th to 12th graders in 10 schools across the country created this year.   


March 2012

Hello Archive-It Partners,

There are a few important updates we wanted to share with you:

Viewing YouTube Videos:
We have recently released an update that allows YouTube videos to be replayed directly in the archived page.  Currently, this update only affects YouTube videos being displayed on "watch" pages for each video, a page with a url format of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXXXXXX   We hope to release future updates that would also allow them to be played on YouTube Channel pages, as well as other websites that have YouTube videos embedded on them.  Please let us know if you have any questions/comments about this update or encounter any problems.  

Changes in using Proxy Mode:
There are significant changes in the instructions for how to to use Proxy Mode when viewing archived content.  If you are not familiar with Proxy Mode, it is a way to check the quality and completeness of your archived content that we recommend using as part of your Quality Assurance process.  Please read the updated documentation at https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Wayback+Machine%2C+Use+in+Proxy+Mode and make the necessary changes.  The old methods of using Proxy mode will continue to work for a short time, but will soon be phased out.  These changes were necessary to improve performance on our back-end infrastructure.

Get a Copy of your Archive-It Data -- More Info Coming Soon
In the upcoming months we're starting an initiative to encourage more of our partners to receive copies of their Archive-It data, so they have a backup at their own organization in addition to the copies in our San Francisco data centers.  While a number of our partners have been doing this already, they are still in the minority.  We have been working on some updates and changes on the Archive-It side that we hope will make this something that is easier (and cheaper) for our partners.  We'll be sending more information about this in the coming month, so stay tuned!  

Best,
The Archive-It Team
 


 January 2012

Hi Archive-It Partners and Friends,

Happy New Year!  We'd like to welcome the following new partner organizations to Archive-It: City of San Francisco, Denison University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Plainfield Public Library.

Partner Support in February

For the month of February, we will be increasing our response time for non emergencies from 3 days to 5 days.  Kate will be on leave most of February and Lori will be handling your support questions with help from Graham Hukill, the newest member of the team who many of you met at the Archive-It partner meeting.   Thanks for your patience, and we'll be back to our usual 3 day response time in March.

Spontaneous Event Collections

There are several Archive-It collections created recently that focus on spontaneous events around the world.  We just started crawling websites on the 2012 Russian Presidential Elections, a collaboration between the State Historical Public Library in Moscow, the Library of Congress, and the Internet Archive. Another collection was created last week on the internet blackout to protest the SOPA/PIPA bills. We were able to archive a number of sites and articles related to the event in this collection.

What Else is Keeping us Busy?

The Archive-It team is ramping up to work on the new-and-improved full-text search prototype that many of you saw demonstrated at the Archive-It partner meeting. We're also working on improvements to the Wayback software/interface.  Stay tuned for updates in the coming months!

Kristine will be speaking at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Toronto in mid-March, along with our colleagues from the Harvard University Reischauer Institute.  They'll be speaking about the ongoing collaboration on the Japan Earthquake collection created last March 2011 by our Archive-It partners at Virginia Tech.

Best,

The Archive-It Team


December 2011

Hi Archive-It Partners and Friends,

Hope you are all having a good start to the holiday season!

Archive-It International Meeting 2012
The Archive-It team is having our first international partner meeting May 14, 2012 in Strasbourg, France. Our Archive-It partners at the Council of Europe have graciously offered to host this meeting. The Archive-It Meeting is a great resource for colleagues and institutions to connect with one another and share their web archiving experiences with case studies and lessons learned. Although the meeting will be geared toward Archive-It users, anyone interested in learning more about the Archive-It service and/or about web archiving is welcome to join. Here is the website with initial details about the meeting http://archiveitmeeting2012.wordpress.com/ Please register now if you will attend, or let us know if you are interested in attending.

Contribute Seeds for Occupy Movement Collection
We are still accepting seed suggestions for our Occupy Movement collection. If you or anyone at your organization would like to contribute suggestions for additional sites to capture, please email graham@archive.org. The Archive-It web collection will be joined together with other Internet Archive collecting activities on this topic as well.

Contribute Seeds for Collection from National Library of Czech Republic
Our colleagues at the National Library of Czech Republic are asking for international seed contributions for a collection they will be crawling following the recent death of Vaclav Havel, former Czech president. If you would like to contribute, you can do so at http://digital2.library.unt.edu/nomination/havel/add/ Please note that they will commence crawling this week, so please submit seeds as soon as possible.

What's coming up in 2012?

  • Kristine Hanna will be attending CurateGear at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in early January, along with a number of our Archive-It partners. The interactive day-long event focuses on digital curation tools and methods.
  • In the first part of 2012 we're looking forward to getting started on several projects, including organizing a metadata working group, the next phase of our full-text search pilot project, and our roadmap and new features for 2012. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to working with you in the new year!


November 2011

Hope you all are having a great holiday season!  We'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partners:  Flagler College, United States Senator Joseph Leiberman, and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Archive-It.org Redesign
We've decided to extend the Beta period for our redesigned version of www.archive-it.org.  We now plan to launch the redesign the week of December 5.  In preparation for this launch, we have a few things for you to consider:

Want to be one of our highlighted collections'? We can easily include 1-2 collections from each partner in the "Collection" section on the home page. Please send an image (a screenshot or logo) and text describing the collection (less than 250 characters) to  juliessa@archive.org by Tuesday, December 6 and we will add it before the launch.

Want to have have your organization's logo and description highlighted on the home page?  Please be sure you have both an image (a screenshot or logo) and text describing your organization entered in the "Admin" area of your Archive-It account (for more instructions see: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Setting+Up+and+Administering+Your+Account). You may add this information at any time, but if you do so by Tuesday, December 6, you will be featured on the homepage for the launch.
Contribute Seeds for Occupy Movement Collection
The Occupy Movement has expanded beyond Wall Street to communities across the US and even around the world, and we would like to capture news, blogs, and social media on these events in a comprehensive way.  If you or anyone at your organization would like to contribute suggestions for additional sites to capture, please email graham@archive.org. The Archive-It web collection will be joined together with the other Internet Archive collecting activities as well.
Survey on Archive-It Content in the General Archive's Wayback Machine
If you have not yet taken the survey on Archive-It Content in the General Archive's Wayback machine yet, we would appreciate if you could take a minute to take this (very short!) two question survey on your preferences regarding having your Archive-It data in the General Archive's Wayback Machine at www.archive.org.  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/39KWBBC

Archive-It Featured Collection
This month we're featuring the DILIMAG collection from the University of Innsbruck. DILIMAG is a collection of 'born online’ literary magazines from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The collection is conducted by the Innsbruck Newspaper Archive at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and is funded by the Austrian Science Fund. To view the archived content for this collection, please visit their collection page here: http://archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=2697
What else is keeping us busy?
The Archive-It team travelled the globe in November.
- Lori presented at iPRES in Singapore along with our partners from Columbia University and University of Alberta
- Kate spoke in Bogota, Colombia at the Segundo Simposio Nacional de Patrimonio Bibliográfico y Documental, sponsored by the National Library of Colombia
- Kristine spoke in Johannesburg, South Africa at the 2nd International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives


October 2011

Summary of the 2011 Archive-It Partner Meeting
We had a great meeting last week in Lexington, KY.  Thank you to all of our partners who attended and presented.  If you missed the meeting, you can view the presentation slides here.  There were several things that came up during the meeting we will be following up about in the coming weeks, including a best practices group for metadata, our roadmap for 2012 features and functionality, as well as information about our full-text search prototype.  Many partners expressed a desire to share and browse collection development information of other Archive-It Partners.  If you would like to share yours, please send it to us, or add it yourself to the list at http://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Collection+Development

Survey on Archive-It Content in the General Archive's Wayback Machine
We would appreciate if you could take a minute to take our (very short!) two question survey on your preferences regarding having your Archive-It data in the General Archive's Wayback Machine at www.archive.org.  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/39KWBBC

Coming soon - Archive-It.org Redesign
We've decided to extend the Beta period for our redesigned version of www.archive-it.org.  We now plan to launch the redesign the week of November 7.  We will be sending further information in the coming weeks.  Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to look at the Beta version and give us valuable feedback!

Archive-It Help Documentation
We recently spent some time updating our help documentation area (with the help of one of our UMI interns) so that it is better organized and easier to navigate.  In particular, we've organized a large portion of the documentation into an Archive-It Guide section, which is also available as a large PDF file (please ask the Partner Specialists if you are interested).

Get an Archive-It T-Shirt!
We handed out Archive-It T-shirts at our partner meeting last week.  If you weren't there and would like us to send you a t-shirt free of charge, please get in touch with Julie (juliessa at archive dot org) and let her know if you would like a M, L or XL.  The t-shirt features one of our favorite quotes from our Indiana University partner: "I sleep better at night using Archive-It"

What else is keeping us busy?
The Archive-It team will be traveling the globe in November.
- Lori will be presenting at iPRES in Singapore along with our partners from Columbia University and University of Alberta
- Kate will be speaking in Bogota, Colombia at the Segundo Simposio Nacional de Patrimonio Bibliográfico y Documental, sponsored by the National Library of Colombia
- Kristine will be speaking in Johannesburg, South Africa at the 2nd International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives


September 2011

Hope you are all are having a great fall! We'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partners: ACLU, Government Printing Office, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

4.5 Release - Including archive-it.org Redesign:
Our 4.5 Release is coming on Tuesday, October 11 and will include some great new features and functionality including a redesign of the public archive-it.org site with improved access and browsing functionality. Some important things to know about this release are:

– We will be looking for partners to test and provide feedback on some of the new features on archive-it.org from Oct 6-10. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Kate (kate@archive.org).
– Archive-It will likely be unavailable while we roll out these changes, starting on October 11th at 12pm PT (3pm ET) and continuing the rest of the day. Please plan accordingly. This includes the public archive-it.org site, logging in to your account, and access to archived content.
– We will be sending out release notes, updating the Help Documentation section and we will have a training session on the new features and functionalities. Our 4.5 training will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. Please email juliessa@archive.org if you would like to join this session.

Archive-It Partner Meeting:
Our bi-annual Archive-It partner meeting will be here soon! The meeting will be held on October 19 in Lexington, Kentucky and we are looking forward to seeing many of you there. You can find additional information on the meeting website here: https://archiveitmeeting2011.wordpress.com/

We are planning to have remote participation via Webex for those partners who are unable to travel to the meeting, so please let us know by October 13 if you are interested in attending the partner meeting online from your computer. The meeting will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET.

Collection of the Month:
This month we're featuring the University of Melbourne's Centres Collection: https://archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=1148. The University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research and this web collection of 41 affiliated research Centres range from statistical consulting to plant cell biology.

What else is keeping us busy?

  • Kristine Hanna and Lori Donovan will be at the Best Practices Exchange conference in Lexington, Kentucky October 20-22 and will present on web archiving in graduate archival education with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan.
  • Kate Odell will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 21st, along with with the University of Maryland, Columbia University and Library of Congress.
  • Lori Donovan will be presenting at iPRES2011 in Singapore in November, with our Columbia University and University of Alberta partners.

August 2011

Hope you are all enjoying the end of summer!  We'd like to welcome a few new partners to Archive-It:  Arizona State University Law Library,  the  City of Raleigh *and *the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Survey on Search in Archive-It:
We are overhauling and improving our full-text search capabilities in Archive-It.  This project will continue throughout the rest of 2011, and we hope to release our new search in Q2 of 2012.  We will be sending out more information as the project progresses, but right now we could use the help of all our partners in completing a survey to help us better understand the search needs of our partners and their end users.  The survey can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6JS3RLY

RSVP for Archive-It Partner Meeting:
Our Archive-It partner meeting will be here soon!  Please visit the Archive-It Partner Meeting website at  http://archiveitmeeting2011.wordpress.com/  for additional information, to register, or to sign up to present.  Please RSVP or sign up to lead a session by Sept 15th if possible. And if you can not make it, please let us know that too.   This will help us with an accurate head count. 

Archive-It on Twitter!
The Archive-It team is now on Twitter.  We'll be posting information about Archive-It, our partner organizations, and web archiving and digital preservation in general.  You can follow us http://twitter.com/#\!/archiveitorg\|http://twitter.com/#\!/archiveitorg (http://twitter.com/#\!/archiveitorg)

Looking for Partners to Present at Best Practices Exchange:
The Archive-It team would like to submit a proposal to present at the Best Practices Exchange (held in Lexington KY right after our Archive-It Partner Meeting).  We'd love to organize a session with several of our partners, so please let us know if you'd like to collaborate to come up with a session proposal to submit (email lori@archive.org). More information can be found at http://www.bpexchange.org/2011/?page_id=16

What else is keeping us busy?
- The Archive-It 4.5 release will be coming in mid September, and our team has been working hard on it!  You can see a preview of some of the features this release will include.

- Lori Donovan presented on web archiving with four of our Archive-It partners at SAA this past week, and you can see slides from their presentations here. She enjoyed seeing a number of our partners in Chicago! We are considering working with some colleagues to put together a pre conference workshop on web archiving for the next SAA meeting in 2012.

- We've been interested to hear about the World Digital Library makes available on the Internet significant primary materials from all over the world to promote international understanding and building capacity in developing country cultural institutions. The Library of Congress, with the endorsement of UNESCO, initiated the WDL and serves as institutional project manager. Partners include 131 libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations in 71 countries  For more information, contact Michelle Rago, WDL Product Manager, mrag@loc.gov.

Best,
The Archive-It Team


July 2011

We hope you've all been having a good July!

Short Partner Survey on Funding:
We're interested to know how institutions fund their Archive-It subscription. We would appreciate if you could take just a few minutes to answer a few questions.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R6VVPD2

4.5 Release Roadmap
The Archive-It team has been working on some features and functionality for our 4.5 release, which is coming up in September. You can get a sneak peak of these at https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.5+Release+Roadmap The team is also working on updating our public archive-it.org website so we can provide an enhanced user experience for our partners and their patrons.

Archive-It Partner Meeting - Please Register!
Registration is complimentary and open for the Archive-It Partner Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on October 19. Please visit the Archive-It Partner Meeting website at http://archiveitmeeting2011.wordpress.com/ for additional information and registration. Please let us know as soon as possible if you're coming (or if you're thinking of coming!). We'll be in touch later in August to discuss the program for the meeting, which will include presentations by partners, information on the Archive-it roadmap for 2012 and some time for partners to ask tech support (and other) questions.

Collection of the Month
This month we're featuring the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) collection that has been created by the Stanford Social Sciences Research Group. As the description of this collection states, "this includes government sites that receive and distribute FOIA documents as well as non-profit organizations and government watchdogs that request large numbers of FOIA documents on specific topics like national security and civil rights."

What else is keeping us busy?

  • The Archive-It team has been traveling a lot in the past month and presenting at conferences, attending both ALA in New Orleans and the NDIIPP/NDSA partner meeting in DC. It was great to see a number of our partners, and to talk to others in the web archiving and digital preservation community!
  • Lori will be chairing a panel at SAA later this month with several Archive-It partners. If you're attending SAA we hope to see you there! More information about the session can be found here.
    --We're working with some colleagues to form an "Events Archiving Initiative". We'd like to build a structure to better enable us and our partners to capture and archive spontaneous events around the world. If you would like more information or want to get involved, please let us know.

June 2011

First, we'd like to welcome our most recent additions to the Archive-It partner community: Fordham Law School Library; New York University Law School, Mendik Library; and Stony Brook University Library.

Archive-It Public Site Redesign:
We are excited to announce that we will be rolling out a redesign of the public archive-it.org site later this summer. We realize that access to your archived content is important and we are focused on the public site evolving into a user friendly and valuable tool for you, your patrons, researchers and the general public to be able to effectively browse and search this valuable content. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Summer Interns:
We'd like to welcome our two summer interns from the University of Michigan's School of Information:
Graham Hukill has experience with archives and digital preservation, and is researching ways to increase functionality within Archive-It for metadata creation and dissemination, focusing on OAI-PMH specifically. Michele DeLia has experience in records management and digital archives and is drafting documentation and analyzing data to increase support for Archive-It Partners. We're really excited to have both of them working with us!

Archive-It Partner Meeting - Registration Open!
Registration is open for the Archive-It Partner Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on October 19. Please visit the Archive-It Partner Meeting website at http://archiveitmeeting2011.wordpress.com/ for additional information and registration. We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the partner meeting!

We will also be having a European Archive-It partner meeting in Strasbourg, France in Spring 2012. We will send out more details about this conference later this year.

Collection of the Month:
The Archive-It team has been speaking about the importance of archiving government information on the web at several conferences recently, This month we are featuring the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records' Arizona State Agencies collection. This collection contains content from the websites of Arizona state government agencies, boards, and commissions, and can be accessed here: http://archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=645

What Else is Keeping us Busy:

  • Are any partners considering attending the 2011 DLF Forum in early November in Baltimore?. Let us know if you would be interested in presenting on a panel with us about a web archiving related topic.
    Panel proposals are due July 22.
  • Kristine, Kate and Lori will be attending the NDIIPP/NDSA meeting in Washington D.C. from July 19-21.
  • We've been working on the details of our 4.5 release, which will be deployed in September 2011. We will send out a link to the 4.5 Release Roadmap soon. As with all of our releases, most of the features and functionality are requests and feedback directly from our partners and we appreciate the input so we can continue to improve the Archive-It service.

May 2011

First, we'd like to welcome our most recent additions to the Archive-It partner community: 1000 Memories, Colby Sawyer College, The Frick Art Reference Library, and University of Innsbruck.

Archive-It Partner Support Process:
We recently made changes to our partner support process to improve your experience and allow us to be more efficient when answering questions and issues you send to the Archive-It team. See more information about our new support process at https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Creating+and+Managing+Archive-It+Support+Tickets. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any feedback or questions you have about this!

Archive-It Partner Meeting - Registration Open!
Registration is open for the Archive-It Partner Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on October 19. Please visit the Archive-It Partner Meeting website at http://archiveitmeeting2011.wordpress.com/ for additional information and registration. We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the partner meeting!

Wayback Installation Documentation:
As you may know, we encourage our partners to receive a copy of their Archive-It data for preservation and/or access purposes. We have recently put together some instructions for our partner institutions on how to install the Wayback software to provide local access to archived content. This documentation can be found here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/wayback/Wayback+Installation+and+Configuration+Guide. Please let us know if you have any feedback on this documentation or if you would like to receive a copy of your data.

Collection of the Month:
This month we wanted to feature the collections created by the Electronic Literature Organization. The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature. Their collections include individual works as well as collections of works and can be accessed here: https://archive-it.org/public/partner.html?id=165

What Else is Keeping us Busy:

  • Kate and Lori are heading to ALA in New Orleans in June and will be presenting on archiving social networking sites on Monday, June 27th at 10:30am-noon. We hope to see some of you there!
  • Kristine will be speaking at the Second UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries in Milan Italy June 7 on "Preserving Digital Memory".
  • We're wondering if any partners were considering attending iPRES in early November in Singapore. Let us know if you would be interested in presenting on a panel with us about a web archiving related topic. Panel proposals are due August 22.
  • We've been working on the details of our 4.5 release, which will be released September 2011. We will send out a link to the 4.5 Release Roadmap soon. As with all of our releases, most of the features and functionality are requests and feedback directly from our partners and we appreciate the input so we can continue to improve the Archive-It service.

April 2011

First, we'd like to welcome our most recent additions to the Archive-It partner community: Arab American National Museum, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services, Chicago-Kent Law Library, Longview Public School District, National Library of Scotland, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania Law Library, University of South Florida's School of Information, and Washington and Lee University Law Library. Also, we're happy to announce a new member of the Archive-It team: Ilya Kreymer has joined us as a Developer/Engineer. We're excited to get him started working on developing Archive-It features and functionality!

Advanced Training Session: Archiving Social Networking Sites
Our next advanced training session will be Thursday, May 19 at 10:30am PT (12:30 pm CT and 1:30pm ET) focused on best practices around archiving social networking sites, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr. Due to the ever-changing nature of these social networking sites, this training will be very valuable to anyone who is currently crawling these sites or who would like to crawl them in the future. To sign up for the session, please email Julie (juliessa@archive.org).

Archive-It Partner Meeting:
We're working on a website with information and registration for the Archive-It Partner Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky on October 19. We will send a link to this website next week. We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the partner meeting!

Collection of the Month:
This month we're featuring a collection from one of our K12 schools, New York City Public School 56 in Queens. Their Planet of the Apps collection includes websites about technology and inventions that have had an impact on the lives of the participating 5th graders. For more information about the K12 Web Archiving Program, and to see other collections that participating schools have created, visit the program site here: https://archive-it.org/k12/

What Else is Keeping us Busy:

  • We're rolling out a new partner tech support process in the next few weeks, using a web based tool called Zendesk. This tool should streamline the tech support process and help us help you more effectively. We will send out details once the tool has been implemented.
  • We've been working on the details of our 4.5 release, which will be released September 2011. We will send out a link to the 4.5 Release Roadmap in our May update.

March 2011

Hope you have all had a good March!  Below are some news and updates from the Archive-It team...

Collection of the Month -  Japan Earthquake
This collection depicts the events after the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Our partners at Virginia Tech: Crisis, Tragedy, and Recovery Network started this collection in their Archive-It account and colleagues from Japan's National Diet Library and Library of Congress have also contributed websites to be part of this collection.  View the collection at: http://www.archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=2438 

Archive-It Tip of the Month - Archive-It Partner Landing Pages
Many of our partner institutions create landing pages on their institutional websites for their Archive-It collections.  You can view examples of these landing pages from this list on our help wiki: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Partner+Web+Pages+for+Archive-It+Collections
Please let us know if your landing page is not yet listed here and we will add it!

Training Sessions
We won't be having an Advanced training session in April, so let us know what topics you're interested in learning more about for May!  If you missed our March session on Crawl Scoping, you can view the recorded session

Also, just a friendly reminder that if you are new to using Archive-It (or if you want a refresher), please attend our basic training session.  We have basic training sessions twice a month, and a schedule and information on signing up can be found here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+Trainings+and+Webinars

What else is keeping us busy?
- Lori Donovan will be speaking on a panel with our partner at the Texas State Library next week at the Federal Depository Library Council meeting in San Antonio, TX.
- We've started getting the development roadmap together for our 4.5 release, which will be coming this summer.  Keep your eyes peeled in the next few months for information about some of the exciting features we'll be adding to Archive-It (many of them suggested by you our partners).


February 2011

First, we'd like to welcome our most recent additions to the Archive-It partner community: Cornell University Library, Hagley Museum and Library, Maryland State Archives, Oberlin College Archives, Oregon State University Library, and Texas A&M University Library

Advanced Training Session: Advanced Crawl Scoping
Our next advanced training session will be March 24 at 11:00am PT (1:00 pm CT and 2:00pm ET) focused on the scoping of your Archive-It crawls. This training will be very valuable to anyone who would like to learn more about crawl scoping or whose crawls are archiving more content than they intend or fall into 'crawler traps'. To sign up for the session, please email Julie (juliessa@archive.org)

Collection of the Month:
This month we're featuring the University of Texas at Austin's Human Rights Documentation Initiative Collection: https://archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=1475. The goal of this collection is to help preserve and make accessible the web-based historical record of genocide and human rights violations. For more information about the Human Rights Documentation Initiative and to see how they provide access to their archived content from their own website, visit them here: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/hrdi/hr_archive.php.

K12 Web Archiving Program
Our K-12 Web Archiving Program students have been busy creating collections and selecting content that is important to them to be preserved. The program website was just updated to include this year's participating schools! Students will continue crawling through the end of March, but you will be able to take a look at their collections before the program completes. You can also take a look at this video of middle school students who participated in the program last year talking about their experience selecting websites that they would want to save for future generations: http://www.archive.org/details/K12WebArchivingProgramStudents. The video was filmed and edited by the Library of Congress and we really appreciate their support on this very important program.

What Else is Keeping us Busy:

  • We've continued crawling and adding seeds for our North Africa & the Middle East 2011 collection. Let us know if you would like to contribute seeds to this collection!
  • We've been working on the details of our 4.5 release, which will be released Summer 2011. We will send out a link to the 4.5 Release Roadmap in our March update.
  • Working on further details for our Archive-It Partner Meeting in Kentucky in October. We will send additional information in the coming months.
  • We got to see a number of our partners at the Personal Digital Archiving conference which was held here at the Internet Archive in late February! We always enjoy the chance to meet our partners face to face!

January 2011

We hope you have had a great beginning to 2011!  To start off, we'd like to welcome our most recent additions to the Archive-It partner community:  ACLU, Bodleian Libraries, City of Eagan Minnesota, Columbia College Chicago, LIPA (Legal Information Preservation Alliance), Marquette University, Michigan State University, New York University, Oregon State Library, Region of Waterloo Archives, Resurrection Health Care, Trinity Church Wall Street, University at Albany SUNY, and Wesleyan University.

Archive-It Partner Meeting 2011
Our 2011 Archive-It Partner Meeting will be held in Kentucky in mid October 2011, one day prior to the Best Practices Exchange conference that many of our partners attend.  Once details are finalized, we will send along further details.  We hope this change will make it easier for many of you to attend.  Please let us know if you have any questions! 
Collection of the Month: Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia
About 12 days ago we started a small collection on the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, which can be accessed here: http://www.archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=2323.  We are capturing news, blogs, and social media on these events in English, French, and Arabic.  If you or anyone at your organization would like to contribute suggestions for additional sites to capture, please contact Kate (kate@archive.org) Thanks to the BnF (Bibliothèque nationale de France) and the Library of Congress for helping us curate this collection.  We have also started a collection on the recent events in other North African Countries (including Egypt).  Please contact Kate (kate@archive.org) if you would like to contribute to either collection.
Advanced Training Session:  Organizing your Archive-It Collections
Our next advanced training session will be February 15 at 10:30am PT (12:30 pm CT and 1:30pm ET) focused on the organization of your Archive-It collections.  Some common question that partners have, especially as they are getting started with Archive-It, are:  "How many collections should I set up? " "Should I just have one large collection or several smaller, more focused collections?"  There is no one "right" way to do this, and depends on your institution's needs and objectives.  The Archive-It team will show some examples of different approaches by existing partners and then ask for all of your input for a more collaborative discussion between the attendees.  Based on this discussion, we'll develop some "best practices" we can share with the rest of the Archive-It community.  To sign up for the session, please email Julie (juliessa@archive.org)
What Else is Keeping us Busy:

- Kristine Hanna attended a conference in Washington D.C. organized by the Fulbright Academy that focused on creating digital archives in North Africa.  There she shared some examples of how some of our Archive-It partners are creating web archiving collections for different regions around the world, as well as our recent collection on the revolution in Tunisia.

-Our K-12 Web Archiving students have been busy creating collections and selecting content that is important to them to be preserved.  Keep your eyes peeled next month for when the program website will be updated to include this year's participating schools!


November 2010

First, please welcome our newest Archive-It partners: the University of Montana, College of William and Mary, City of Asheville, Columbia College Chicago, Curtis Institute of Music, and Vision Internet.

Archive-It 4.0 Release - December 9, 2010
The Archive-It team has been hard at work building and testing features for our upcoming December release of Archive-It 4.0, which includes much anticipated features such as searching by metadata, a URL report listing all archived urls, and Scope-It enhancements.https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.0+Release+Road+Map

We will be sending out release notes, updating the Wiki Help section and we will have training sessions on the new features and functionalities. Our 4.0 trainings will be held on Friday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 21 at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET. Please email juliessa at archive.org if you would like to join one of these sessions. Let us know if you would prefer a date in January and if we get enough requests we will look into scheduling one.

Save the Date! Archive-It Partner Meeting 2011
Thank you for your input on our next Archive-It Partner Meeting, in Fall 2011. Based on your feedback, the meeting will be held Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29 in San Francisco, CA.

We will send more details in the New Year, including a call for presenters and we look forward to seeing many of you here! There will be no fee for registration.

Collection of the Month: Congressional Candidate Website Project 

The Congressional Candidate Website project is a series of collections that seeks to archive all major-party House and Senate candidate websites during the 2010 campaign. The project is headed by political scientists at Northwestern University, The University of Minnesota, and Oberlin College. You can find these collections here: https://archive-it.org/public/partner.html?id=316


October 2010

First, please welcome our newest Archive-It partners:  the University of Utah, as well as the office of US Senator Jim DeMint. Also, we're happy to introduce you to a new Archive-It team member, Deborah Tassie. Deborah has worked at Brodart Co. and Baker & Taylor  and is joining as our Partner Development Manager. She will be working primarily with potential Archive-It partners to get them signed up and capturing digital content.

Video Trainings - now available!
The Archive-It team has made the first two of what we hope will be many training videos for our Archive-It partners; one is on modifying the scope of your crawls, and one gives an introduction to QAing your crawls.  Keep your eyes peeled for more training videos in the coming months on additional topics!https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Video+Trainings

Social Networking Sites - Updates for Facebook and YouTube
We made some updates to our recommendations for crawling Facebook and YouTube.  If you are archiving these sites, please be sure to read the below pages and make any necessary changes.  Also, a reminder that we now have a Social Networking discussion list where we send out these announcements as they come up, and is also a good place to ask any questions you may have.  Email juliessa@archive.org if you would like to be a part of that list.
Facebook:https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archiving+Social+Networking+Sites+with+Archive-It#ArchivingSocialNetworkingSiteswithArchive-It-Facebook
YouTube: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Crawling+YouTube+Videos

Archive-It 4.0 Release - December 2010
The Archive-It team has been hard at work building and testing features for our upcoming December release of Archive-It 4.0, which includes much anticipated features such as searching by metadata, a URL report listing all archived urls, and Scope-It enhancements.https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.0+Release+Road+Map

Collection of the Month:  Wikileaks 2010 Afghanistan and Iraq Wars Document Releases
http://www.archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=2017Created and curated originally by one of our summer interns from the University of Michigan, this collection has captured the websites, news articles, blogs, and other commentary surrounding the Wikileaks July 25 2010 release of formerly undisclosed government documents related to the war in Afghanistan.  With Wikileaks back in the news again  this week due to a release of documents relating to the Iraq war, we have expanded this collection and started several crawls to be able to capture this new content.  We welcome any suggestions of content to include. (email kate@archive.org)

What Else is Keeping us Busy? - Year 3 of our  K-12 Web Archiving program  is starting to kick into full ge ar!  Students in the  14 participating schools have completed Archive-It Application Trainings and are starting to create collections.  We look forward to seeing what they choose to archive! - Kristine is going to be at the NDIIPP meeting in DC in early Nov for a meeting on Citizen Journalists and Community News. The purpose of the meeting is to address selection and preservation issues concerning community, hyperlocal, and citizen journalism, and aggregators of news.


September 2010

Hi Archive-It Partners and Friends,
First, we'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Archive-It partner:  Chemical Heritage Foundation.   We're also excited about our newest Educational partnership with the Masters of Archival Studies program at Clayton State University.

Archive-It 4.0 Release
Our next release is slated for early December and will include many features and functionality you have been asking for including search by metadata and a report of all URLs that were captured for each crawl.  View the Archive-It 4.0 Release Roadmap on the help wiki here:  https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+4.0+Release+Road+Map

Society of American Archivists Conference 2011 - Web Archiving Panel Session
We are planning to submit a proposal for a panel session on web archiving for the SAA 2011 conference in Chicago. We're looking for a couple partners who would be willing to speak on how web archiving fits in with your broader archival activities (including your institution's goals, policies, practices, etc). Let us know as soon as possible if you'd be interested, as proposals are due at the end of the week. 

Collection of the Month - Virginia Tech's Crisis, Tragedy and Recovery Network (CTRnet): 
This month we'd like to feature our partners at Virginia Tech and the Crisis, Tragedy and Recovery Network. They have created a number of collections on spontaneous events, specifically around School Shootings both in the US and internationally, and Natural Disasters like the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile earlier this year.  View their portal to their Archive-It collections here: http://www.ctrnet.net/ and their Archive-It partner page here: https://archive-it.org/public/partner.html?id=156. If you are interested in collaborating with them, please contact Edward A. Fox, PhD who is a Professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Computer Science at fox@vt.edu.
Archiving Social Networking/Media Sites Discussion Email List
Our Social Networking and Media sites discussion list is up and running, but it's never too late to join.  If you are interested in receiving updates on changes to these sites and/or collaborating with other partners who are interested in capturing social networking and medial sites (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, etc.), please email Julie (juliessa@archive.org) to subscribe to the list.

What Else is Keeping us Busy?
-  The Archive-It Team (Kristine, Kate, and Lori) will be attending the Best Practices Exchange this week in Arizona. The Internet Archive is also sponsoring a reception Wednesday evening. Hope to see some of you there!
- Kristine will be speaking at the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL) conference in Iowa City in October.
-  We have been working on improving our training resources for partners, and over the next several months we'll be releasing training videos on specific topics, features and functionality.
Thanks!
The Archive-It Team


August 2010

First, we'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Archive-It partners:  Wisconsin Historical Society, LIM College, and University of Waterloo.   We are also welcoming back a partnership between Oberlin College and Northwestern University who are returning to follow up their 2008 collection on US Congressional elections with content from the 2010 elections.  Finally, we're also excited to begin an educational partnership with the 'Digital Preservation and Restoration' class at NYU Tisch School for the Arts Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Graduate Program.

Archive-It 3.6 - Minor Release

This week, we will be pushing live our 3.6 release, which includes several minor updates and fixes.  We will send out an update with information regarding these changes in the next several days.

Archiving Social Networking/Media Sites Discussion Email List

We have a Lot of information on archiving social networking and social media sites available on our Help site.  However, this has not been the ideal way to communicate changes and updates to partners, or provide a way for our partners to collaborate with each other.  To facilitate both of these needs, we have created an email list that will be dedicated to discussion/updates relating to archiving content from these types of sites.(Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, etc.)  To subscribe to this list, please email Julie (juliessa@archive.org).

Thank You to Participants in our Usability Survey and Tests

We'd like to extend a big thank you to all of you who took our Usability Survey earlier this month, as well as those who participated in our Usability Tests.  We'd also like to thank our two interns, Nicole Calderone and Dana Ospina, who designed, administered, and analyzed this project.  We will report on the results in the coming months and look forward to incorporate the findings into future releases of Archive-It.

Archive-It Subscription 'Add-ons'

Did you know there are several 'add-ons' your institution can make to your Archive-It subscription?  For instance, you can increase the number of active collections or seeds allowed for your account, can arrange to have the archived data transferred to your institution, or increase your account's document/data budgets.  If your institution's current subscription limits are not ideal for your needs, please get in touch with the Archive-It team for further information.

Collection of the Month - University of Texas at San Antonio

This month we couldn't decide on just one collection from our partners at the University of Texas at San Antonio, so we wanted to share several of them with you!  Not only is this partner creating collections archiving the content of their university's web sites (such as University of Texas at San Antonio University Administration Web Collection), but they have also created a diverse set of collections on local topics.  Some examples are: Renewable Energy in TexasSan Antonio Restaurant Web CollectionGeneral Texas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Related Web Collection  We love that their collections span such a wide variety of topics, and they also include a number of social networking sites and blogs in them!  Take a look at all of their collections here: http://archive-it.org/public/partner.html?id=318

Tip of the Month: Identifying and Avoiding Crawler Traps

We've had a number of partners asking about how they can fine-tune their crawls to identify and avoid 'crawler traps'.  To help our partners do this, we've put together this Help page.  Link to Help Page If this is something you've been curious about, please take a look and let us know if you have any questions!  But keep in mind this fine-tuning is something that is completely optional! 

What Else is Keeping us Busy?

-  Lori Donovan attended SAA and presented on archiving social networking sites along with Jennifer Ricker of the North Carolina State Library.  She enjoyed meeting a number of Archive-It partners at the conference as well!

-  The Archive-It Team (Kristine, Kate, and Lori) will be attending the Best Practices Exchange at the end of September in Arizona. Hope to see some of you there!

-  We have been working on improving our training resources for partners, and over the next several months we'll be releasing training videos on specific topics. 


July 2010

First we'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partner: Occidental College!

Archive-It Application Usability Tests:
In early August we will be evaluating the Archive-It web application for its ease of use. This evaluation will consist of interviews with current and potential partners, as well as usability tests of particular features of Archive-It. Usability tests will occur remotely via webinar. With the resulting data, we will be able to determine how to best improve and update Archive-It in future releases. If you would like to be involved in this process, please let us know by August 6th. We still have a couple spots left!

We will also be sending out a survey in the coming weeks with some questions about the Archive-It user interface and specific features of the application.

K12 Web Archiving Program, 2010-2011:
We have selected 15 schools from 13 states for the K12 Web Archiving Program for the 2010-2011 school year. This program, now in its third year, is a partnership between the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress, and allows K12 students an opportunity to to select and preserve web content that is important to them. To learn more about this program, please visit: https://archive-it.org/k12/

Advanced Training Webinar - Archiving Social Media and Networking Sites:
Our next Advanced Training session will focus on 'Archiving Social Media and Networking Sites' and will be held on Thursday, August 19th at 10:30am PT (1:30pm ET). This session will be similar to our February 2010 session on Archiving Social Media and Networking Sites, but will include updated information on scoping these rapidly changing websites. Please email Julie (juliessa@archive.org) if you would like to sign up for this Advanced Training Session.

Collection of the Month:
This month we're featuring a collection from the Columbia University Libraries. Their Human Rights Web Archive collection is dedicated to preserving web-based information of importance to the global community of human rights researchers, students, policymakers and advocates. Please check out their collection here. The Columbia University Libraries would like to hear suggestions for human rights-related websites to be considered for the archive. If you would like to nominate a website, please use their nomination form. If you would like nominate your own website, please use the website owner form instead. They welcome nominations for sites in all languages and countries.

What Else is Keeping us Busy?

  • Kristine, Kate and Lori attended the NDIIPP meeting in Washington, DC last week. Kate presented with Jennifer Ricker, our partner from the North Carolina State Library, about archiving social networking sites.
  • Lori will also be presenting on a panel about archiving social networking sites at the Society of American Archivists' conference in Washington, DC in mid-August.
  • We are currently crawling a collection on the Wikileaks Afghanistan War Document Release. If you have any recommendations for seeds for this collection, please email our summer intern Dana Ospina (dana@archive.org) 

June 2010

First we'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partners: Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the World Bank Commission on Growth and Development!

Archive-It 3.5 Release - July 8:
As a reminder, our next big release is coming on July 8 and contains features we hope our partners will be excited about. Stay up to date on these features athttps://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+3.5+Release+Roadmap We will be sending out release notes, updating the Wiki Help section and we will have training sessions on the new features and functionalities. Our 3.5 training sessions will be held Tuesday 7/13, Thursday 7/15, and Friday 7/16 from 10 - 11am PT/1 - 2pm ET. If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please contact juliessa@archive.org with your preferred training date.

Archiving Facebook - UPDATE - blocked by Robots.txt
The Archive-It team discovered that Facebook has recently changed its robots.txt policy so that all its content is now blocked from crawlers. We are going to contact Facebook to see if they will allow our crawler in; but until they do, if your organization would like to archive content from Facebook, you will need to use the Ignore Robots.txt feature. If you have not yet used this feature, please contact the Archive-It Support team (archive-itsupport@archive.org) to have us turn it on for your account. If you already have it turned on, please review this help page for specific instructions to archive Facebook.

Archive-It Application Usability Tests:
In early August we will be evaluating the Archive-It 3.5 web application for its ease of use. This evaluation will consist of interviews with current and potential partners, as well as usability tests of particular features of Archive-It 3.5. Usability tests will occur remotely via webinar. With the resulting data, we will be able to determine how to best improve and update Archive-It in future releases. If you would like to be involved in this process, please let us know!

Summer Interns:
We'd like to welcome our two summer interns from the University of Michigan's School of Information:
Dana Ospina has experience in art and art history and is helping us organize collaborations with museums and art libraries. Nicole Calderone has experience with archives and digital preservation and is working on our K12 Web Archiving Program and usability testing for the Archive-It web application. We're really excited to have them working with us!

Archive-It on Facebook:
We recently created a Facebook page for Archive-It, where we will share updates and facilitate interaction among our partners. If you're on Facebook, please visit our page and "like" it so that you can keep up to date with what is going on with us. Our Facebook page also caught the attention of Gary Price at ResourceShelf. Check out his recent blog post on Archive-It and why web archiving is important.

Collection of the Month:
This month we're featuring a collection from one of our K12 Web Archiving Program schools - Lakeview High School, whose Life in Battle Creek, Michigan collection reflects the daily life in Battle Creek, Michigan, a small city of about 60,000 poeple. Please check out their collection here. And if you know any teachers who might be interested in participating in this program for the 2010/2011 school year, please direct them to the application soon: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/events/archive_the_internet/ as they're due July 2.

What Else is Keeping us Busy?

  • Kristine spoke to a group at ARLIS/NY last Friday. The presentation was well attended and included some lively discussion, and we are excited about the interest that the art libraries and museums have started to take in web archiving and using Archive-It.
  • Kristine will also be presenting on a panel at the American Association of Law Libraries conference in Denver in mid-July.

May 2010

First we'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partner: The Commonwealth Fund.

We'd also like two welcome two new members to the Archive-It team:
Lori Donovan, who is joining Kate as a Partner Specialist.  Lori was an intern with our team last summer and has also been coordinating our K-12 Web Archiving Program throughout this school year while she finished her masters at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Sabine Abrahms-Reynaud is our new Community Outreach Specialist.  Sabine has been working in the non-profit field for over a decade and will be working on community outreach and coordination with Archive-It partners and other institutions.

Archive-It 3.5 Release - Late June:
As a reminder, our next big release is coming in late June and contains features we hope our partners will be excited about.  Stay up to date on these features athttps://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+3.5+Release+Roadmap
We will have an Advanced Training session on the new features and functionalities in early July and will send out further details in June.

Transfer of Archive-It Data to Archive.org Wayback Machine:
An additional (third) copy of your data (through December 2008) has now been replicated into the General Archive data center. Data through December 2009 should be replicated by the end of the summer.
Also this summer (targeting June) your data through December 2009 will be indexed in the General Archive wayback and available for browsing from www.archive.org. We will keep you posted when this process is complete. Per Archive-It partner requests, we will still have a six month embargo on Archive-It archived data being available in the General Archive.

K12 Web Archiving Program
The second year of this program is over! Go to https://archive-it.org/k12/ to see the 35 collections that students have created from 12 schools in 11 states.    We are now accepting applications for year three of this program.  If you know of any teachers who might be interested in the program, please direct them to the application website: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/newsevents/events/archive_the_internet/  The deadline to apply is July 2.

Metadata Features and Integration Sessions:
We would like to thank the partners who were able to attend the metadata features and integration sessions this month.  If you were unable to attend, please feel free to contact us with questions or information on how you are using or would like to use Archive-It metadata.  We also created a page on the help wiki for sharing information about how you use or would like to use metadata.https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/How+Our+Partners+Use+Metadata,
Look for our 4.0 release in November to include additional metadata enhancements.

Archive-It Tip of the Month - Archive-It Partner Landing Pages
Many of our partner institutions create landing pages on their institutional websites for their Archive-It collections.  You can view examples of these landing pages from this list on our help wiki:https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Partner+Web+Pages+for+Archive-It+Collections.
Please let us know if your landing page is not yet listed here and we will add it.

Collection of the Month:
This month we are highlighting a newer partner - the International Whistleblower Archive. This collection provides documented information about whistleblowers and the act of whistleblowing in the United States and internationally, over time. Go to https://archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=1833 to view this collection.

What Else is Keeping us Busy?
- Kristine will be speaking at ARLIS NY in June. We are excited about the interest that the art libraries and museums have started to take in web archiving and using Archive-It.
- The Archive-It team recently joined the rest of the Internet Archive in our new building!  You can see a picture here.
Please update our address in your records to:
    300 Funston Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94118-2116


April 2010

First we'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partners: University of New Mexico, Spokane Transit Authority, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Archiving YouTube Videos - UPDATE - blocked by Robots.txt
The Archive-It team discovered that YouTube has recently changed it's robots.txt policy so that its videos are now blocked once again from crawlers.  If your organization would like to archive content from YouTube, you will need to use the Ignore Robots.txt feature.  If you have not yet used this feature, please contact Kate (kate@archive.org) to have her turn it on for your account.  If you already have it turned on, please review the top of this help page for specific instructions to archive YouTube videos:  https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Crawling+YouTube+Videos

Metadata Features and Integration Sessions
Thank you to all our partners who have filled out the survey on Metadata features and functionality that was sent out last month, and who will be attending one of our discussion/brainstorming sessions in the next few weeks.  If you have not yet filled out the survey and would like to participate, please get in touch with Kate (kate@archive.org).

Advanced Training Session - Collection Management (including Metadata) - May 20
We will be holding an Advanced training session on May 20 at 11amPT/2pmET that focuses on managing your collections. This session will cover strategies for creating and choosing your collection topics and seed URLs, managing your collections and seeds, and using the metadata features in Archive-It.  There will be plenty of time for questions, and we will also be able to talk about upcoming features and improvements related to metadata that will enhance your ability to manage your collections.  To sign up, please contact Julie (juliessa@archive.org).

Video Report - New Feature!
This week we released a small update to Archive-It.  While most of the changes were on the 'back-end' of Archive-It, the updates do include a new Report for your crawls - the Video Report.  This report gives a list of all the videos that were discovered and archived in your crawl (similar to the PDF report).  We hope this will be useful to our partners in monitoring the video content that has been archived.  We would love to hear feedback on this, so please let us know what you think.

Archive-It Tip of the Month - Best Practices for Archiving Specific Sites
Did you know the Archive-It Help site has information on best practices for archiving frequently crawled sites on the web?  If you are archiving any of these sites, these are great resources to make sure you get the best results possible for your collections.  Take a look here: https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Site-Specific+Scoping+Instructions+and+Best+Practices  Some of the sites included are Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Wikipedia, and Blogspot.  Please reach out with any other sites that you would like to see included.

Collection of the Month - IT History Society
This month we're featuring one of our newer partners, the IT History Society (http://ithistory.org/).  This organization has created a comprehensive database of historical resources in IT, ensuring that this valuable content will be around forever for researchers and the general public.  You can take a look at their collection at http://www.archive-it.org/public/collection.html?id=1827.

What Else is Keeping us Busy?
- Kristine and Kate attended the Museums and the Web conference in Denver Colorado last week.  They enjoyed talking with museums and art libraries about web archiving, and saw some very interesting presentations.
- As a reminder, our next big release is coming in late June and contains features we hope our partners will be excited about.  Stay up to date on these features at https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archive-It+3.5+Release+Roadmap


March 2010

First of all, we'd like to welcome our new partners to Archive-It.  We're excited to start working with Duke University, University of Michigan's School of Information, Carleton College, Tufts University, Learning and Teaching Scotland, Canada's National Historical Society, the IT History Society, and the Whistleblower Support Fund.

Archive-It Partner Survey
Archive-It partners should have received an email last week about a short survey that focuses on metadata and how to integrate your Archive-It collections into other systems you use.   If you have not yet filled out the survey, we would appreciate you filling it out by April 7 so we can take your feedback and ideas into consideration.  Survey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L7Q832R
We will also be having a live online session in April to brainstorm with partners how they would like to integrate their Archive-It data into other systems.  The survey includes some possible dates for the session, so please fill out the survey let us know if/when you would be able to attend.

K-12 Program Website available for viewing
You can get a sneak peak at the K-12 Web Archiving Program, a partnership with the Library of Congress and 15 schools around the United States, at http://www.archive-it.org/k12/  Students will be archiving for several more weeks, and we hope you'll enjoy what they've done so far! We are starting to look at Year Three so if you know of a school that might be interested please let us know.  Here are some short clips we think you will enjoy from some of the Fifth graders in the program from NYC Public School 56 in Queens: http://drop.io/ps56webarchive_2010

Collection of the Month
This month we are highlighting one of our local partners, just downstairs from us in fact!  The NASA Images (nasaimages.org) team at the Internet Archive has been using Archive-It to help archive various aspects of NASA:  from media sites, to technical reports, to nasa.gov, to quite a few social networking sites.  They're just getting warmed up, but they've already started some great collections.  Take a look here.

What else is keeping us busy?
-  Speaking at University of Michigan  - Kristine is speaking on Archive-It at the School of Information this week  The University of Michigan has been a valuable partner, helping to lead the way with web archiving and digital preservation programs, and we appreciate their continued support.
-  Museums and the Web Conference - Kate and Kristine will be attending the Museums and the Web conference in Denver, CO in April.  If any of you will be there, let us know so we can be sure to say hello!
- We're continuing to work on our 3.5 release for later this spring, which includes our brand new QA tool.  Keep up to date here.


February 2010

Hi Archive-It partners and friends,
Hope you are all doing well.  Here is your monthly update on Archive-It!


Features in our Upcoming 3.5 Release
So our partners can stay up-to-date on the features the Archive-It team is developing, so we have recently put together a page on our Help site that will give you information on our development cycle.  You can view this page here .  The features listed here are tentative, but we do expect to include them in our 3.5 release in mid May.   If you have any feedback or thoughts on the features listed here (or not listed here), we'd really like to hear from you!

Advanced Training Webinar
Our next Advanced Training session will be on March 18 and will focus on 'Collection and Seed Management'.  Please email Julie (juliessa@archive.org) to sign up. You can also always review our past Advanced Training sessions here .  Please send any suggestions for future training topics our way!

Archiving the Earthquake in Haiti
If you haven't yet seen the collection on January's earthquake in Haiti that is featured on the Archive-It home page, please be sure to take a lookhere .  Archive-It partners Library of Congress, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Virginia Tech and CTRnet, and University of Texas Libraries have all contributed websites for this collection.

K-12 Web Archiving Program
In early March we will be releasing the K-12 Program access page for the 2009-2010 school year.  Students will continue crawling through the end of March, but you will be able to take a look at their amazing collections before the program completes.  Check http://archive-it.org/k12/ after March 2 to view the collections the students have archived.

Collection of the Month ( New Section)
Every month we'll highlight a collection from one of our partners. This month, we would like to present the Latin American Government Documents Archive from the University of Texas at Austin, which preserves and facilitates access to a wide range of ministerial and presidential documents from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries.  This collection began as part of Archive-It's pilot program back in 2005 and has been archiving this valuable and transient content ever since.

What else is keeping us busy?
-  Ignoring Robots.txt blocks Pilot - our pilot went well, and we will continue to provide this feature  to more partners in the coming months, so please let us know if you are interested!
-  DuraCloud Pilot - If you missed last month's information about Archive-It's upcoming pilot program with DuraCloud (http://duraspace.org/duracloud.php) please let us know if you would be interested in participating.
-  Museums and the Web Conference - Kate and Kristine will be attending the Museums and the Web conference in Denver, CO in April.  If any of you will be there, let us know so we can be sure to say hello!
-  Speaking at University of Michigan  - Kristine will be speaking on Archive-It at the School of Information at the end of March.  The University of Michigan has been a valuable partner, helping to lead the way with web archiving and digital preservation programs, and we appreciate their continued support.


January 2010

We hope 2010 has started off well for all of you.  First off, we'd like to welcome a new member to the Archive-It team.  Juliessa Rivera has joined us this month and she will be helping to support the Archive-It team and our partners.  We are excited to have her on board!

Advanced Training Webinar
Our next Advanced Training session will focus on 'Archiving Social Media and Networking Sites' and will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 11am PT (2pm ET).  We hope the partners who attended our first Advanced training on 'Crawl Scoping' found it useful.  If you missed it, we have recorded the session.  Please email Kate (kate@archive.org) if you would like to sign up for the February session or would like to wach the recording of the January session.

Pilot - Ignoring Robots.txt Blocks
As we have mentioned, we have been experimenting with ignoring robots.txt blocks for some Archive-It crawls.The pilot has gone well, and we are opening up the ability to more partners who are interested.  If your institution would like to use this feature to capture content, please email Kate. Again, the vast majority of Archive-It crawls will still respect the robots.txt block, but we do recognize that some partners have a need to crawl this content regardless.

DuraCloud Pilot
Archive-It is researching a pilot program with Duracloud:  http://duraspace.org/duracloud.php.  DuraCloud is a new preservation service being developed by the non-profit organization, DuraSpace.  DuraCloud uses commercial cloud technology as the infrastructure, and is focused on providing preservation support services and access services for libraries, archives and other cultural heritage organizations.  Please let us know if your institution would like to be involved in the pilot, which will take place in late spring/early summer.

Archiving the Earthquake in Haiti
We recently started a collection on the earthquake in Haiti and it's aftermath.  Seeds were contributed from several Archive-It partners.  We plan to crawl for at least 2 more weeks, and will send the link to the collection when it is available.  If you or any of your colleagues have seed urls to contribute, please send them to Kristine (kristine@archive.org)

K-12 Web Archiving Program Access Pages
Fifteen schools, from 5th to 12 grade,  have created collections and have been capturing content for the 2009/2010 school year. The initial results will be available online in mid February for browsing, and the schools will continue to crawl through April. We will send our partners a link when the pages are live, and we hope you find the results as interesting as we do.

What else is keeping us busy?
-  PDF Report Update - Until now, the PDF Report was available only for crawls completed after October 20 2009.  However, we have recently made this report available for crawls earlier than this date as well.
-   We are starting development on 3.4 and 3.5, the next two releases of Archive-It, and will send more details out in our next update!


December 2009

First, we'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partners: University of Alberta, University of Maryland, Northeastern University, the Rupkatha Journal ( our first partner in India) and the Internet Archive's own NASA Images Project.  We're excited to have you all on board!

Advanced Archive-It Training Sessions:
We're expanding our training sessions beyond the initial training that all users go through the start of their Archive-It subscription. Starting next year we will be offering Advanced Training sessions once a month. These sessions will last 1 hour.  For the first 30 minutes of the session, we will cover a specific topic each month, and the second 30 minutes will be devoted to covering questions or topics brought up by the attendees.  Our first session will be on January 21 at 11am Pacific time.  The topic will be 'Advanced Crawl Scoping'.  This training will be very valuable to anyone who's crawls are archiving more content than they intend or fall into 'crawler traps'.  Please email Kate (kate@archive.org) to sign up.  

Update on Crawling YouTube:
Many of you will be excited to know that Archive-It is once again able to harvest videos from YouTube.  If you plan on crawling YouTube seeds, PLEASE be aware of the following:
    1) You must scope your crawls correctly  (otherwise the crawler will try to crawl ALL of YouTube)  Please see this wiki page for detailed instructions.
    2) Run a TEST CRAWL first to make sure your scoping rules are correct.  We can't stress enough how important this first step is.
    3) Be aware that the captured videos will not play when you browse your collections in the Wayback machine.  It is a priority for our development team to be able to playback You Tube videos and we will let you know when we have found a solution. In the meantime, details on how to best access your archived videos is available here.

What else is keeping us busy?
-  We realize that many of our partners would like to have ability to crawl content that is blocked by robots.txt.  We have recently conducted a pilot ignoring robots for one partner and plan to run more crawls with a few partners in January. After that, we may allow partners on a case-by-case basis to 'ignore' the robots.txt blocks in their crawls.   For the majority of crawls, we do still intend to respect the robots.txt protocol; but please let us know if you would like to learn more about this option.
-  Our K-12 schools have started crawling for year #2 of this K-12 Web Archiving Program! We have featured one high school's 'Current Events' on the Archive-It home page, a collection focused on  Virginia's 2009 gubernatorial election.
-  In early December, we presented at CNI with Virginia Tech Archive-It partner on the Crisis, Tragedy and Recovery Network (CTRnet) which is a program we are looking forward to being involved in. More information can be found at http://www.ctrnet.net/

Happy Holidays to you all, thank you for your continued support and we will see you in 2010!


November 2009

First, we'd like to welcome our newest Archive-It partners:  the Minnesota Historical Society, Drexel University, University of Manchester, and the University of Rhode Island's Office of Marine Programs.

Updates to Archive-It's Wayback Display
We have just released some major updates to how the Wayback display will replay archived websites that make heavy use of javascript.  If there were any pages in your collections that were having display issues (including links redirecting to the live web), please do check them again, as navigation should now be much improved!  Please send us any feedback you have and specific pages you would like to us review. 

New Features for Archive-It's Next Release
With our fall release behind us, we are starting to think about our next updates to Archive-It, especially what new features we will be developing for our 3.5 release schedule for May.  We got a lot of great suggestions from our partners who were able to attend our Archive-It Partner Meeting in early November, but we want to be sure all our partners know they are welcome to send us suggestions so that we can continue improving the service for you.  We will be sending out more information on these features in early 2010, as well as a survey to gather additional feedback on them.

Archive-It LITE
We released a new version of Archive-It recently called Archive-It LITE.  Archive-It LITE is designed for non memory institutions with limited and finite web archiving needs. We hope that with Archive-It LITE, institutions that would not be able to do web archiving previously will now be able to jump in. If you know of an institution that might be interested please let us know and we can send more information.

What else is keeping us busy?
-  Our K-12 schools have started crawling for year 2 of this exciting program!  We're looking forward to seeing what these students are interested in preserving on the web and will have an access page available for viewing in January or February of next year.
-  We are presenting with Ed Fox from Virgina Tech at CNI on the Crisis, Tragedy and Recovery Network (CTRnet). Please stop by and say hello if you are attending.
-  Just for fun, we put all our Archive-It partners into a Google map view map.  We now have over 110 partners in 40 states and over 10 countries!


October 2009

First, a special welcome to our two newest partners, the Women's Health Council in Dublin, Ireland and the University of Louisville in Kentucky!
October is an exciting month for us, as it marks the start of the second year of the K-12 web archiving program.  This year we have 15 schools participating from 13 states, with students ranging from 5th grade to high school.  Students will use Archive-It to set up collections of sites they see as important to have archived for the future.  We can't wait to see what the students include in their collections!  If you'd like to take a look at what the students archived last year, you can do so at http://www.archive-it.org/k12/

We will be releasing Archive-It 3.2 later this month on October 20th.  Our team here has been hard at work on this release, which includes several new features.  Partners will soon have the ability to create document (URL) level metadata, in addition to the collection and seed level metadata you are already able to create.  Other new features include a report on the PDF files captured in your crawls, as well as the ability to archive content from FTP sites.  More details to come later in the month!

As you know, we are really looking forward to our upcoming partner meeting on November 4 at American University in Washington, D.C.  The day will include presentations and discussion, followed by an evening reception.  If you haven't yet let us know you're planning to attend, please do so before October 6th.  So far, we've got a good sized group of partners attending, and several great presentations lined up.  We are still looking for a few more partners to present, so please let us know if you'd be willing!  Even if you are not presenting, if there is a topic you'd especially like to discuss or hear about at the meeting, we'd welcome your suggestions.  Also, we have an updated hotel reservation link for you out of town attendees: Internet Archive  (please refer to this link and not the version we sent previously)

There has been a lot of focus recently on archiving social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr.  While Archive-It is able to capture content from these sites, it is important for partners to run test crawls and review instructions for special social networking settings before archiving these sites.  If you are going to be archiving these sites, please be sure to read our Wiki page that has important instructions and tips for a successful crawl. https://webarchive.jira.com/wiki/display/ARIH/Archiving+Social+Networking+Sites+with+Archive-It 
Also, it is especially important to remember to review your first social networking captures when setting up seeds from any of these sites.  In addition to running a test crawl, please look through your reports and the archived content after you run your first production (non-test) crawls, as otherwise you may crawl millions of documents unintentionally!  We'd welcome any feedback or lessons learned about archiving social networking sites, so please let us know!

As always, please send any additional feedback or questions our way!


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