Building a Living, Breathing Archive:

A Review of Appraisal Theories and Approaches for Web Archives

Colin Post 1
  • 1 School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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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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