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

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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.

Acknowlegdment:

My thanks to Barbara Wildemuth, Yuan Li, and Charlene Finley for their helpful feedback in ‑writing this article. I also want to thank the Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture editors and the peer reviewers for their valuable input.

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Colin Post

Colin Post is a doctoral student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where is also pursuing a Masters degree in Art History. His research focuses on the preservation, collection, and study of digital artworks, and in particular net-based art. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from the University of Montana. More on his poetry and research can be found at http://colincpost.info.


Published Online: 2017-9-6

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