Archive-It Partner News, March 2016

March 29th, 2016

by the Archive-It Team

Join us in Atlanta!

06_10_013876Looking south at Peachtree at Ellis, Atlanta, Ga., Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection

The annual Archive-It Partners Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 2, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. The full-day program and following reception precede ARCHIVES*RECORDS, the joint conference of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and Society of American Archivists (SAA), to be held at the Hilton Wednesday-Saturday. There is absolutely no cost to attend the Archive-It Partner Meeting.

The annual partner meeting brings together Archive-It’s partners from around the country to share their collections, insights, questions, and ideas. As in previous years, the 2016 meeting program will include presentations from partners, contributors, and staff, as well as opportunities for more impromptu and informal discussion of shared  web archiving goals and plans for the coming year. For the most up-to-date information on the program as it develops, and to look back at previous meetings, be sure to check in on the conference site.

A working agenda will be available and registration will open at the above site on Monday, May 2. In the meantime, Archive-It needs your help to design the best, most enriching and collaborative program possible. If there is anything specific that you wish to share, or hope to take away from this meeting, please let us know! You can propose your own presentation topic, suggest another for presentation or discussion, and ask any questions about the meeting directly by email:


Release notes


Hugh Laidman, Launch (1964), National Air and Space Collection, Smithsonian Institution

Archive-It 5.0
Thanks go out again to all who attended one of the live introductions to the newly redesigned and revamped Archive-It 5.0! If you could not attend one of these live webinars, however, you can always catch up with a recorded version in Archive-It’s new Help Center, here: Archive-It Training Videos.

Release notes on all of Archive-It 5.0’s enhancements and improvements are likewise available for review anytime here: Archive-It 5.0 Release Notes.

We appreciate all of the thoughtful feedback that these changes have already inspired. Development of Archive-It’s user interface and its underlying infrastructure continue, so by all means please continue to share your thoughts and ideas with us. Several important and oft-requested enhancements that could not be included with the release of 5.0 are already moving into the engineering pipeline, so plan on hearing more about those as they develop.

Since the release of 5.0, Archive-It’s web developers have focused intently on ensuring that the web application can perform at the speed of partners! As a result, we have made significant upgrades to Archive-It’s reports data architecture, decreasing load times and maximizing the method by which data is queried and aggregated . What does it all mean? You should now see much swifter retrieval of data you want, when you want it.


Teaching digital curation with Archive-It


Educational partnerships are a great way for academic programs and partners  to introduce their students of digital curation, digital preservation, and other LIS and CS fields to the world of web archiving. The Archive-It team can help educators to craft the syllabi and assignments that teach their students the what, why, and how of web archiving, Archive-It, and building and preserving  collections of web-based born-digital resources. To see examples, and start designing your own, check out the Archive-It Help Center resources on Educational Partnerships.

For a closer look at one of these partnerships and its products, we recently talked to an instructor and student from the digital curation seminar course at San Jose State University School of Information. Read the interview, Teaching Digital Curation with Archive-It, to find out how they used Archive-It to explore issues of born-digital metadata and copyright, and to build enduring collections of web-based materials, spanning Black Lives Matter to Freighthopping to, yes, LOLcats.

Also on the blog:
While on the blog, be sure to also check out our latest interviews with your Archive-It teammates at the Internet Archive: Mouse Reeve, who joined the team in 2015 to develop the Archive-It 5.0 web application, and Jillian Lohndorf, who joined us just this month as a Web Archivist, to help partners directly with technical support, training, documentation, and more.


A warm welcome to our newest Archive-It Partners!

Brown University
Center for Jewish History
Chicago Community Trust
Earlham College
Harvard University, Western Languages Division
Ohio State University
University of Iowa School of Library and Information Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Georgia School of Law
University of Wyoming


Community Calendar

We’re busy bees this spring! Even if you cannot join us in Atlanta in the summer, there are lots of opportunities to catch up with the Archive-It team at events around the country, including:

For the latest information on where and when to connect with Archive-It, you can always check our online Community Calendar.