Archive-It Partner News, September 2018

September 20th, 2018

by the Archive-It team


Community News

Photo of Archive-It partners meeting at the National Zoo

Archive-It at the National Zoo in Washington, DC


Archive-It 2018 Partner Meeting resources are now online

Thanks to everyone who made August’s Archive-It partner meeting at the National Zoo such a fun success! In case you missed it: the half-day program included reports out from partners applying new metadata profiles and workflows, coordinating among inter-agency government record retention programs, and breakout discussions of half-a-dozen technology and planning topics. You can catch up with the presenters’ materials and notes from those discussions (still very much open to your questions and comments) any time.

NYARC releases Metadata Application Profile v2

Speaking of metadata, partners at the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) conveniently published the latest updates to their own openly accessible profile for describing archived websites. These recommendations aim to be thorough but adaptable to many different contexts. For even more background information and demonstration of the profile in practice, see a recorded introduction anytime as part of the recent Describing Web Archives webinar with Archive-It partners.

Cobweb call for participation and metadata

One way to put web archive collection descriptions to good use is to share them with the Cobweb project. Read partner Kathryn Stine’s call if you are interested in using the OAI-PMH integration in order to add collection descriptions to a web archives registry that includes Archive-It and more.

Explore Archive-It collections with Archives Unleashed

“Do you have great collections, but wish you had more and different ways to explore them?”  This Archive-It blog post by Samantha Fritz and Ian Milligan introduces the Archives Unleashed Cloud platform and resources that make it possible to explore web archives beyond Wayback, using text mines, link graphs, and more.

Learn more about Community Webs partners and collections

The Community Webs cohort of public library local history collections begins its second year of outreach and collecting this fall. You can learn more about this initiative with two new resources: the Community Webs site and a recording of partners’ panel and Q&A at the recent annual SAA meeting, “Community Webs: Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives.” (Recordings are free to any conference registrant and available to others for purchase).


Save the Date: Archive-It at ALA

Logo for Archive-It partners meeting at ALA Midwinter 2019 in SeattleMissed meeting up in DC? Archive-It partners, staff, our peers, and friends will also meet for a half-day meeting at ALA Midwinter in Seattle! Join us on the morning of Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to share web archiving ideas, problems, and plans for the year ahead. As always there will be no registration fee to attend and all are welcome. Watch your inboxes for updates on logistics and program details, but if you plan to attend ALA and have a web archiving topic for discussion it’s never too early to contact the Archive-It team at: aitmeetings [at] archive [dot] org.


Tech and Training


Release: New tools for instant crawling

The new InstaCrawl feature enables partners to add seeds to new or existing collections and immediately start crawls directly from the home page of the web application. Browsing elsewhere around the web? Add the Archive This! bookmarklet to your browser and you can click it anytime to add the page that you are currently viewing to one of these new crawls.   

Get to know these Archive-It access integrations

Partners can enable direct access to their captures, collection descriptions, and other related metadata beyond their portals on, customizing where and how patrons find and explore their web archives. Ever thought about integrating web archives into your own front-end access systems? Not sure where to start? Or how much technical know-how is needed? Web Archivist Jillian Lohndorf breaks down options small-to-large and their detailed instructions on the Archive-It blog.

Live and archived training materials

The Archive-It Advanced Training series returns on Tuesday, November 20, with a survey of “WARC Tools” for migrating, storing, and preserving web archive collections. Register here to join us. All past webinars are accessible in the meantime from this page in the Archive-It Help Center. And don’t forget that you can always catch up with the very basics with these Getting to Know Archive-It pointers.

Looking forward

For a sneak preview of Archive-It features and functionality to come, you can check in with our newly updated development roadmap, including planned near- and long-term releases. Don’t see your idea on the list? You can make a feature request here in the Community Forum.


Community Calendar

Catch up with Internet Archive staff and other Archive-It partners at these upcoming events:


A warm welcome to our newest Archive-It Partners!

Ball State University

Cape Ann Museum

Government Records Service of Hong Kong

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

The Historical Society of Central Florida

Montana State University

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

National Library of Ireland

National Records of Scotland

New York Philharmonic

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln WDR