The End of Term Web Archive: Collecting & Preserving the .gov Information Sphere
On Monday, May 1, from 6:30-7:00 pm Pacific, San José State University's student chapters of SLA and SAA will be hosting a virtual social (half) hour. Join us and get to know everyone! This is a great time to ask questions, network, and even commiserate. The program will be from 7:00-8:00pm Pacific.
In the fall of 2016, a group of institutions – Internet Archive, Library of Congress, CA Digital Library, and libraries from the University of North Texas, Stanford University, and George Washington University – organized to preserve a snapshot of the federal government website. This is the third time this End of Term (EOT) group has organized with the goals of identifying, harvesting, preserving, and providing access to a snapshot of the federal government web presence. They do this for two important reasons. The first is that the transition of elected officials in the federal government's executive branch prompts a reset of sites like www.WhiteHouse.gov, so it's critical to document the changes. The EOT group's work also provides a broad snapshot of the federal domain once every four years; it's replicated among a number of organizations for long-term preservation.
Jefferson Bailey from the Internet Archive and James Jacobs from Stanford University Libraries will discuss the project's methods for identifying and selecting in-scope content, strategies for capturing web content, and access models for collected content. They will highlight the challenges and opportunities of large-scale, distributed, multi-institutional, born-digital collecting and preservation efforts; how the project aligns with participant institutions collection mandates; the project's importance for archiving historically-valuable but highly-ephemeral web content without a clear steward; and how the breadth and size of the EOT Web Archive informs both new methods of collaboration and new models for data-driven access and analysis by researchers. Our speakers will also discuss the project's alliance with other government data preservation projects as well as ideas and future plans for long-term sustainable methods for collecting, preserving and maintaining the .gov information ecosystem.
When: Monday, May 1 - 6:30-7:00 pm Pacific (social); 7:00-8pm Pacific (program)
Join us via Blackboard Collaborate by using this link: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2011274&password=D.68D389EFEF158E48BA6C0ACB48717D
Individuals requiring real-time captioning or other accommodations should contact Dr. Sue Alman as soon as possible.
For speaker bios and more information, check out our website: SJSU iSchool SLA Student Chapter