It’s the 2013 Archive-It Partner Meeting Round-up!

November 21st, 2013


Last week 56 attendees and eight staff from Archive-It met in (not so chilly for November) Salt Lake City as part the annual Archive-It Partner Meeting. Traditionally held before the Best Practices Exchange conference, this is the first meeting in a long while to take place in the Western United States. The Partner Meeting is an opportunity for users of Archive-It, as well as interested organizations and others involved in web archiving programs to share best practices, network, and present on their web archiving collecting activities.

In addition, we devoted a session to brainstorming for features and functionality to focus on in our 5.0 development, the next version of the Archive-It application. We have the opportunity to work with Solomon Kidd, a UI/UX designer, who is leading our efforts to better understand the specific pain points of the application as it exists today, and how this knowledge can be translated into a more cohesive and easy to use application for both novice users and advanced web archivists. In addition to the notes and conversations collected at the meeting, we will be reaching out to the entire Archive-It community so they can provide additional comments about the feature requests as well as rank them in order of importance.

As the Archive-It community grows, we realize that one meeting a year just isn’t cutting it! Meeting face to face is truly invaluable, and in 2014 will have our 2nd web archiving meeting outside of the US, as well as at regional partner meetings either as stand alone events or as birds of a feather sessions at established conferences, an initiative we started earlier this year.


Partner Specialists Maria LaCalle and Sylvie Rollason-Cass welcome partners to the meeting.

All presentation slides, including our slides regarding our 2014 roadmap and plans for 5.0 are now available to download on our wiki. Here is the quick and dirty on the partners that presented their work:

Kate Legg, NCAR, First steps toward digital preservation at NCAR
Learn more about how a solo archivist stationed in the basement at a large research institution made the case for web archiving to ensure that digital born content that only existed on websites (“digital garages”) was captured and preserved.

Jaime McCurry, Folger Shakespeare Library, The Short and the Long of It: Web Archiving at the Folger Shakespeare Library
Jaime explains how one National Digital Stewardship Resident is blazing a path to institutionalize web archiving at Folger Shakespeare Library.

Sharon Farnel, University of Alberta, Metadata workflows for web archiving – thinking and experimenting with ‘metadata in bulk’
University of Alberta has over 651 archived websites spanning 15 collections, with a mixed metadata model comprised of MARC, Dublin Core, and AI. They are now set to learn more concretely how their patrons, including faculty, researchers, and students are accessing and discovering their web archives and developing metadata solutions to meet those needs.

Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress, NDSA Web Archiving Survey Update
Have you taken the Web Archiving Survey yet? If you haven’t yet, you should! Abbie explained why it is important and the results of the survey so far.

Vinay Goel, Internet Archive, Web Archive Analysis
Now that we’ve amassed tons of interesting collections of web content, what can we learn from them? What kinds of data can we gather from web archives that would be useful to researchers? Vinay explains some of his recent work in his presentation, and you can also learn more on his wiki page.

Trevor Alvord, Brigham Young University, A Muddy Leak: Using the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use with web archiving
Trevor is archiving some vary interesting content, including Mormon Missionary and Mormon Mommy blogs. There’s a lot of them, so he discusses his process for discovering and verifying content to be captured.

Mat Kelly, Old Dominion University, Archive What I See Now
Mat has developed some very interesting and useful tools for the amateur web archivist, including the ability to create and view WARCs on a personal computer. Could tools like this help paint a more complete picture of important historical events as they unfold?

Deborah Kempe, The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, Making the Black Hole Gray: Implementing the Web Archiving of Specialist Art Resources
Maybe you have already heard of NYARC’s important research into the world of web archiving, for which they have graciously published their findings. Now they are embarking on the ambitious quest to archive ephermal art content on the web including auction catalogues, artist websites, and more.


Partners discuss capture of websites in Archive-It during a breakout session.

We have to hand it to our colleague at Old Dominion University, Mat Kelly, for the quick turnaround of a comprehensive overview of every presentation (and well, every moment!) of the day. You can read his post on the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group blog.

Jaime McCurry gets a fabulous honorable mention for her blog post about the meeting that she posted this week on her website.


James Jacobs of Stanford University Library and Kent Norsworthy of University of Texas Austin at the reception following the Partner Meeting.