Archiving Human Rights

January 27th, 2012


In 2009, Columbia University Libraries received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to explore web archiving program development. The collection at the center of our web archiving program is the Human Rights Web Archive. Why are we doing this? In brief, to preserve online resources for future researchers and activists. Archiving the sites of human rights organizations ensures, to a certain degree, that the website content will be preserved in the context of the original site, and will be accessible even if the original site becomes unavailable.

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— By Tessa Fallon, Witness Blog, January 27, 2012