Announcing the first ever Archive-It US Government Shutdown Notice Awards!

October 11th, 2013

Gov. Shutdown Winner-1On October 1st, the Archive-It team began archiving the home pages of federal agencies impacted by the government shutdown. It was important to capture these URLs quickly and frequently during the shutdown, as they are likely to disappear once an agreement has been made and the federal government re-opens. A similar approach was taken during our collection of the SOPA Blackout in 2012. Many of these sites, prior to the shutdown, were archived in their totality by the Internet Archive’s Global Wayback Machine and through numerous Archive-It partners such as the Government Printing Office.  For this collection we focused on archiving the timely shutdown messages rather than a complete capture of the site.

Each government agency was left to their own devices to prepare for the shutdown on their web presence- and the results vary. Some websites shutdown altogether, leaving only a notice that services have stopped. Others created unique graphics to represent the impending shutdown. A few integrated notices within their site to an almost comic degree.
We solicited help in identifying sites impacted by the shutdown through social media, and we were pleased to have so many of our colleagues in the library and archivist community come together and nominate URLs.  As a result we were able to accumulate over 80 URLs for the collection, including home pages, Facebook status updates, and tweets. You can view the entire collection on here: 2013 Government Shutdown Collection.

Here are some of our favorites, worthy of the Archive-It US Government  Shutdown Notice Awards! Congratulations to all the winners, and like so many, we look forward to a resolution that allows our colleagues and all federal workers to return to work as soon as possible.

Drum roll please…….

Award for Classiest Shutdown Notice: Department of JusticeScreen Shot 2013-10-10 at 5.12.57 PM

Award for Best Integration of Shutdown Message in Current Exhibitions: National Gallery of Art

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Award for Best Dropped Gavel: Commission on Civil Rights

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Award for Best Protection Against Volcanoes During Shutdown: United States Geological Survey

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Award for Most Declarative Statement: The White House

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Award for Best Reassurance that you won’t be abandoned in Azerbaijan During the Shutdown: Peace CorpsScreen Shot 2013-10-10 at 5.10.35 PM

The Award for Starting Everything, without a Shutdown Notice: Affordable Care Act/

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Award for Shutdown Message Design That Most Artistically Represents the Agency’s Function: Department of Energy

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Award for Most Dramatic Shutdown Graphic: U.S. Air Force

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Award for Site Most Missed By the Internet Community: Giant PandaCam, The National Zoo

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Special Award for the Site We Miss The Most: Library of Congress
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