Archive-It Partner News, October 2016

October 12th, 2016

by the Archive-It Team


Release Notes


Jeanne Gang, Aqua Tower, Chicago, Illinois, USA: Early Concept for Mobile Privacy Screens on Terraces (2007), Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection


Access to private collections

Have a collection that you need to share with a few key stakeholders, but not the general public? Our newest feature provides the way.

Many Archive-It partners create “private” collections, which do not appear among their publicly listed collections at This is an easy way to create “dark archives” of institutional content not for public consumption, or to temporarily embargo access to donated materials in accordance with a deed of gift. In the past, this also meant forgoing the browsing and searching functionalities that public collections enjoy outside of the Archive-It web application. Our newest release addresses this by providing access points to private collections that behave like public collection pages but are not publicly listed. These may be shared with donors or other key stakeholders without exposing collections to the general public. To find out how, see our Help Center guidance on: Restricting access to your web archives.


Community News


Joseph Michael Essex, Working Smarter…Together, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection


Have you visited the Archive-It Community Forum yet? Join your colleagues to discuss best practices and collecting scopes, announce events and resources, or ask for QA advice. (Don’t forget to introduce yourself!) Thanks to all of the partners who have already contributed questions, answers, and ideas. The Archive-It staff are joining in too, sharing updates on our grant-funded projects, QA tips and tricks, new crawl scoping recipes, and more.


Save the date: Advanced training opportunity

Need a hand scoping your crawls for maximum efficiency? Archiving everything that you need while staying under budget? Join us for our latest live training session on crawl scoping: Tuesday, Novemver 15, at 11AM PST, via WebEx. Email us at if you would like to join.


Surveying the State of the WARC

Our second annual digital preservation survey helps us to understand our partners’ workflows, planning, and long-term goals for the local preservation of WARC files. Even if you are not currently moving your WARC files into a local repository system, or your digital preservation strategies are still in the planning phase, any information you can to share with us will be useful. Please take five minutes and fill out our short survey here. We’ll close it on October 21. Thanks for your help!


Archive-It at 10



We’re back from Atlanta! Archive-It partners, staff, and friends gathered for our annual meeting in August, just at the start of ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016. If you couldn’t join us, or if you’d just like to catch up with the day’s conversations and resources again, check out the round-up on our blog: Archive-It at 10: Reflections from the 2016 Partner Meeting.

Also on the blog:

  • Collaborative collecting: It’s a piece of KAIC – For the second installment in our series on web archiving collaborations, we speak to Kansas State University’s Cliff Hight about the early work being done by the Kansas Archive-It Consortium (KAIC!).
  • Hacking Web Archives – Meanwhile, our Internet Archive sister blog features Archive-It Director Jefferson Bailey’s round-up of the many web archiving data hackathons and symposia that have been held around the world this year.


Community Calendar

There are always more opportunities to catch up with us. Here’s where you can find us this fall:


A warm welcome to our newest partners!

Augustana College
Church Communities International
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Harvard Divinity School
Lewis and Clark College
MIT Libraries
Open Sound New Orleans
Sisters of Charity Federation
Skidmore College
University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism
UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies
Victoria University of Wellington