Archive-It Partner News, July 2016

July 13th, 2016

by the Archive-It team

Getting help — made easy

Archive-It Help Center

We’ve been hard at work updating the Archive-It Help Center to include several new features, all of which have now made it online. This update allows us to integrate documentation and tutorials directly with our support system and Archive-It web application, making it much easier to get the information you’re looking for, whenever you need it. Some of the highlights include:

  • A brand new user forum for your questions, answers, and ideas, including a crack team of Archive-It Community Moderators.
  • A tool to create your own profile in the Help Center and Forum so that others can see your contributions and any info you wish to share.
  • Inclusion of a “Help” widget in the Archive-It web application, enabling quick access to help documentation.
  • The ability to “follow” specific resources, to stay informed on the topics you care most about.

We hope you find these new tools useful. You can read more about them in our blog post: The Archive-It Help Center just got more helpful!


See you in Atlanta!

2016 Archive-It Partner Meeting

Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection

It’s not too late to register for the 2016 Archive-It Partner Meeting on Tuesday, August 2, in Atlanta. Space is limited though, so please use this form to let us know if you plan to attend by Friday, July 22.

What can you expect in Atlanta? Our preliminary agenda is now online, and includes time to hear from 10 Archive-It partners, break out in discussion groups for conversation around attendee-proposed web archiving topics, and get a timely update or two from Archive-It and Internet Archive staff. This year, 2016, is also Archive-It’s 10th anniversary, so you can expect some fun features, stats, and surprises!


Community calendar

Can’t join us in Atlanta? Come find us at the following events in July and August, and keep up to date with future events on our Community Calendar:


Better together: Conversations about collaborative web archiving


From the IIPC’s World War I Commemoration Collection

This month we launched the first in a new series of posts to the Archive-It blog that cover the many shapes, colors, and sizes of collaborative web archiving projects and programs. Through these conversations with practitioners, we hope to surface those critical considerations and benefits that have drawn Archive-It partners to join forces across institutional, geographic, and/or disciplinary boundaries in order to archive web resources as a team.

To kick things off, we spoke to International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) Content Development Working Group co-chair Alex Thurman. Alex explains the forces that led this international body of web archivists (including the Internet Archive!) to built its own collaborative collections, and his advice for others interested in doing the same, in our first post: Better together: Collaborative web archiving at IIPC

Stay tuned as we add more installments to this series, featuring more Archive-It partners and friends!


Also on the blog

K12 Web Archiving logo

July also means the close to another year of Archive-It’s K12 Web Archiving program. This year, students from 5 schools built more than 40 collections on topics of importance to them, which range all the way from Star Wars to the U.S. Presidential Election. You can see and learn more about these collections, and how to sign up for the 2016-17 program year with our latest blog post: K12 web archivists make history

To introduce the newest member of Archive-It’s engineering team, and to get to know the woman behind many of the recent fixes and enhancements for partners, we also chatted with Support Engineer Barbara Miller. She charts her course to the Internet Archive by way of Prague in our latest team member interview: 5 Questions with Support Engineer Barbara Miller


Release notes

Release notes

Christening the Booker T. Washington (1942), Los Angeles Public Library

Avoiding crawler traps on Wix sites

We’ve noticed a lot of websites built on the popular platform “Wix” (an alternative to WordPress, Squarespace, and other such web platforms) added to our partners’ collections recently. These sites tend to archive well without much intervention on the partner’s side, but can occasionally generate some nasty “crawler traps.” To that end, if you notice any unnecessary time or excessive data being spent on your crawls of Wix-based sites, we have an easy scoping fix for you! Check it out in our Community Forum’s new “Scoping Recipes” section, here: How to avoid crawler traps on sites


More announcements in the Community Forum

We will continue to post updates like the one above, and all other release notes and updates, to the threads in our new Community Forum, complete with links to any relevant documentation in the Archive-It Help Center. You can add your own questions, answers, or ideas here as well! Add your questions or comments and “follow” topics of interest for the latest updates on each, here: Community Topics


A warm welcome to our newest Archive-It Partners!

Chatham University
Harvard University Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Madison Public Library
News Measure Research Project
Queen’s University
Southern California Association of Law Libraries
University of Hong Kong Libraries
University of New Brunswick