Building a Living, Breathing Archive: A Review of Appraisal Theories and Approaches for Web Archives

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Colin Post, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The paper provides a review of published literature on the collection and development of Web archives, focusing specifically on the theories, techniques, tools, and approaches used to appraise Web-based materials for inclusion in collections. Facing an enormous amount of Web-based materials, archival institutions and other cultural heritage institutions need to devise methods to actively select Webpages for preservation, creating Web archives that constitute a cultural record of the Web for the benefit of users. This review outlines the challenges of collecting and appraising Web-based materials, places the theories and activities of collecting Web-based materials within the broader discourse of archival appraisal, and points out directions for future research and critical discourse for Web archives.

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Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture 46 (2): 69-77. doi:10.1515/pdtc-2016-0031
Language: English
Date: 2017
appraisal, web archives, web archiving

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