Archive-It Partner News, June 2017

June 22nd, 2017

by the Archive-It Team

Empowering Public Libraries to
Create Community History Web Archives

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Applications are now being accepted from public librarians interested in participating in a new program of continuing education, training, and services to empower public libraries to build collections of historically-valuable, web published materials documenting their local communities. This program is offered by the Internet Archive in partnership with WebJunction and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The two year program will provide education, applied training, cohort support, and web archiving services for public librarians to develop expertise in web archiving. It aims to preserve over 35 terabytes of community heritage materials for long-term access; to create open educational resources relating to web archiving and digital preservation; and to explore new forms of local engagement and partnerships through public programming support.

Please join us in sharing this exciting opportunity widely:


Last call for Portland!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the annual Archive-It Partner Meeting is almost here! If you plan to attend the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in Portland this year, please join Archive-It partners, Internet Archive staff, and friends for a day of web archiving news, case studies, discussions, and more. Attendance is free, but space is limited, so please register online before July 15 if you can join us.

This year’s program includes updates on technology, collection development and stakeholder engagement methods, collaborations, and user needs. An at-a-glance agenda is now available on the meeting’s microsite, but it’s not too late to add your talk or discussion to the list. To do so, simply reach out to aitmeetings [at] archive [dot] org. Hope to see you there!


Community News

2017 Venice Biennale on the Web capture

From shuttered mosques to mini golf

Since 1895, Venice has inspired the art world with its biennial, global gathering of provocative artists and artworks, La Biennale di Venezia. Accounts and ephemera from these events similarly propel art historical scholarship, and now for the third cycle in a row, that scholarly record will include web resources. Andrea Puccio, Assistant Collections Management Librarian at the Clark Art Institute Library and co-moderator of the Art Library Society of North America’s Web Archiving Special Interest Group, introduces these collecting efforts, their value and their challenges, in her blog post: From shuttered mosques to mini golf: the Venice Biennale on the Web collection at the Clark Art Institute.

K12 web archivists capture history in the making

This year marked the 9th season of the K12 web archiving program. Students from 11 schools around the country worked together to build web archive collections on topics that reflected their interests, their day-to-day lives, current events, and topics that they were studying in school. You can explore all of this year’s student collections. Three teachers told us more about their experiences participating in the K12 Web Archiving program in their blog post: K12 Web Archivist Capture History in the Making.

Archiving the city online

The City of Vancouver Archives joined the Archive-It community only this spring, but already they are preserving and sharing their online presence with their citywide stakeholders. For a great introduction to the program and how a local government can introduce its web archives to its citizens and local archivist colleagues, check out City of Vancouver Digital Archivist Jana Grazley’s AuthentiCity blog post: Preserving the City’s Website with Archive-It.

Stewarding the weird and the wonderful of web culture

Congratulations to our friends and frequent co-conspirators at the Library of Congress Web Archiving program, who just officially opened their wonderful Webcomics and Web Cultures collections — exemplary collections of the web on the web! Read all about the collecting efforts in the Library’s announcement and a lovely feature by artist Michael Cavna in the Washington Post.

Community Calendar

Look for Internet Archive staff and Archive-It partners at these upcoming events:


Releases and Training

Collection scoping in the Archive-It web application

Scoping rules refactored

Web crawl scoping rules have a slightly different look in the Archive-It web application. To ease the addition and management of scoping rules, all expansions and constraints are now visible under a common “Collection Scope” tab in each Archive-It collection.

Scoping notes: Instagram

Speaking of scoping, we can recommend one new rule to all partners collecting Instagram feeds: Instagram recently changed its robots.txt file to limit or block nearly all crawlers, so if you regularly crawl an Instagram seed or several, please follow the latest scoping advice for Instagram, to ensure that you don’t miss a beat.

New live and video training

The Archive-It Video Curriculum of short web archiving demonstrations continues to expand, now with guided tours of running “PDF Only” crawls and performing Wayback QA. For even more in-depth training, the latest recordings of our live webinars on Access to Archive-It Collections and Advanced Scoping are available in the Archive-It Help Center and online registration is open for upcoming webinars on Scoping and Quality Assurance.


A warm welcome to our newest partners!

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF)
Lynn University
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Royal Ontario Museum
Russell Sage Foundation