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Web Archiving Policies and Practice in the US: 2012 Summit

A meeting of US institutions engaged in harvesting and archiving web content, to explore high-level programmatic issues of objectives, scope, policies and methods for this work.

Columbia University Libraries has invited participants from over 20 US academic and research libraries to share perspectives on topics relevant to their own  experience, including:

  • institutional objectives in developing a web archive
  • assumptions about the long-term sustainability of local web archives
  • the way in which web collections are scoped
  • policies regarding permissions and control of content
  • assumptions regarding the expected uses and users of archived content
  • how those assumptions affect decisions about presentation and access

As an outcome, we hope the meeting may lead to an articulation of a small number of model programs for web archiving, and development of “best practices” for documenting program elements.