Archive-It Partner News, February 2017

February 16th, 2017

by the Archive-It Team

 

National Symposium on Web Archiving Interoperability

The symposium (1896), New York Public Library

Next week, the National Symposium on Web Archiving Interoperability will bring together a diverse group of engineers, archivists, researchers, and others for a technology-oriented agenda focused on building tools and communities that support interoperable web archiving systems. The symposium is part of the IMLS-funded “WASAPI” project, with project details available at: https://github.com/WASAPI-Community/data-transfer-apis. The event is co-organized by the project partners at Archive-It, Stanford University, the University of North Texas, and Rutgers University.

 

Community Calendar

Find Internet Archive staff and Archive-It partners at these additional upcoming events:

 

Community News

Hibbert V.B. Klein, Teamwork Wins (1917), North Carolina Digital Collections

Advanced Training Webinars

We’re excited to introduce the Archive-It Advanced Training Webinar Series. This year-long slate of advanced training webinars builds on the existing Archive-It Application Training and new Video Curriculum (more info below!) in order to give partners access to additional strategies and tools to help you to meet your web archiving goals. Thanks to everyone who already joined us for live help with archiving video content, and a recording is also available for those who could not attend! Future topics can include QA workflows, Archive-It APIs, social media archiving, etc., so please suggest your own preferences in the thread above.

Help us help each other!

The Archive-It team seeks to better understand how partners view and use the Archive-It Help Center so that we may continuously improve it. As part of that effort, we invite you to help us by suggesting content and updates. We are conducting a brief user survey, available until February 28th. The survey takes only about 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are completely anonymous. We appreciate your time and thoughts!

From the forums…

Archive-It partners continue to share and learn from each other in the new Community Forum. Remember to “follow” these conversation threads for the latest from the Archive-It team at the Internet Archive, and to help you colleagues with things like crawl troubleshooting, social media policies, feedback on standards, and much more!

 

Featured Collections

Queer Faces of Middlebury, from the Middlebury College Community Web Archive

Unauthorized Voices in the Archive

To learn how students, faculty, and staff are helping to build a collection representative of the campus they know, read partner Patrick Wallace’s blog post, Unauthorized Voices in the Archive: Documenting Student Life in Middlebury College’s Community Web Archive. Wallace introduces how web archives offer the opportunity to document the student experiences lost to legacy archival media, and the human and technical outreach that Middlebury performs in order to do so.

A Place for the Displaced

In her book, Please Forward, journalist Cynthia Joyce draws from both the live web and the Wayback Machine to survey the New Orleans blogging community during and after Hurricane Katrina. Joyce and web archiving partners at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism have since curated the Hurricane Katrina Blogs Web Collection as a companion to the book and its research. Web Archivist Sylvie Rollason-Cass spoke to Joyce about what she learned about the blogging community and the uses of web archives in the interview, A Place for the Displaced: Collecting, Preserving, and Learning from the Blogs of Hurricane Katrina.

 

Release Notes

Gravestone, Tennessee State Library & Archives

Archive-It 4.9

It’s official: Archive-It version 4.9 received its gold watch and has retired from service. Thanks to all partners for their patience and feedback as we all transition to version 5.0 of the web application! If you can still use a hand making the move, or a refresher on new tools and features, you can watch our recorded 5.0 introduction webinar. We look forward to focusing on improvements and new features in 5.0 over the coming year.

Video Curriculum

For more targeted and thorough introduction to Archive-It’s many features and functions, you may also now begin to learn from our Archive-It Video Curriculum. These videos should be handy to both new web archivists as they get to know Archive-It as well as old trusty hands who could use a brief review to brush up again.

YouTube scoping

Speaking of videos… Partners have helped to identify some new behavior of a subset of YouTube channels that can trap crawlers with endless invalid URLs. We’ve got the fix, though! See Web Archivist Mary Haberle’s advice for blocking these traps if you haven’t inspected/updated your YouTube crawls in a while.

 

A warm welcome to our newest partners!

American Legion
Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ)
California Pirate Party
City of Vancouver Archives
Colorado State University
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Georgia College
The Getty Research Institute
Grand Valley State University
National Library of Norway
OSI Systems, Inc.
The Park School of Baltimore
Union of Concerned Scientists
U.S. Department of Education