Systems Interoperability and Collaborative Development for Web Archiving (WASAPI for short) is a two-year research project to test economic and community models for collaborative technology development, prototype system integration through development of Export APIs, and build community participation in web archiving development and new research and access tools. This National Leadership Grant in the National Digital Platform category was awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to project partners at Archive-It, Stanford University Libraries (DLSS and LOCKSS), University of North Texas, and Rutgers University. It has also supported the involvement of further organizational and individual stakeholders through the National Symposium on Web Archiving Interoperability.

The project supports IMLS’s National Digital Platform funding priority by increasing access to shared services and infrastructure while building capacity for broader community input in technology development. Project outcomes will promote system integration, facilitate increased distributed preservation of archived data, and help support new global and local access models possible through export APIs, with an eye towards modeling post-grant interoperable systems architectures. Archive-It’s status as widely-used, shared web archiving infrastructure ensures broad community impact and makes possible the involvement of institutions of all sizes in project work. The involvement of Stanford University Libraries builds on their work in the Hydra community and with digital preservation services. UNT contributes experience in digital library and web archiving technology development and Rutgers’ work on research uses of web archives ensures the involvement of downstream user communities. Overall, the project will lay the groundwork for future collaboration around interoperability that will enhance the integration of disparate systems, increase local preservation, and improve the discoverability and use of web archives.

For more details on project deliverables as they arrive, see: https://github.com/WASAPI-Community/data-transfer-apis