Uncle Sam Wants You! (to Help Preserve Government Websites)

September 16th, 2016

by the Archive-It Team

The Internet Archive is once again joining forces with the Library of Congress, California Digital Library, University of North Texas Libraries, George Washington University Libraries, Stanford University Libraries and the U.S. Government Publishing Office in a collaborative effort to preserve public United States Government websites during the transition to a new President. The goal is to document the federal government’s web presence leading up to the end of the Obama presidential administration on January 20, 2017. In order to that, the entire .gov domain is crawled, and content is gathered and crawled from other domains, such as .mil, .org, and .com, and from social media.



WhiteHouse.gov as it appeared in late 2008, and again in late 2012


The “End of Term” project began in the summer of 2008, when the current project partners, members of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) and partners in the National Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) came together to collaboratively archive the U.S. Government web at the end of the Bush administration. The goal was a comprehensive harvest of the federal government domains as the Bush administration transitioned out of office, and the Obama administration transitioned in. The project team came together a second time to document changes in the government web during the transition to Obama’s second term in 2012. The End of Term Web Archive includes websites from the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government.

Want to help? You can nominate .gov websites and other federal government websites or social media accounts to be included in the 2016 crawls with the End of Term Nomination Tool. Nominate early and often! Help us collect these important civic resources!