Archiving Websites: A Practical Guide for Information Management Professionals

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The Internet is home to a wealth of information, but its lack of permanence makes it a frustrating authoritative resource for both professionals and users. This important guide is the first to offer practical guidance to those who need to collect and preserve specific elements of the Web — from national domains or individual subject areas to an organization's own website. Coverage includes the development of Web archiving; selection policies; collection methods; quality assurance; preservation; delivery to users; optimizing websites for archiving; managing programs; and more. This is an important resource for librarians, Web designers, policy-makers, and records managers.

1. The development of web archiving  
2. Selection  
3. Collection methods  
4. Quality assurance and cataloguing  
5. Preservation  
6. Delivery to users  
7. Legal issues  
8. Managing a web archiving programme  
9. Future trends  
Appendix 1. Web archiving and preservation tools  
Appendix 2. Model permissions form  
Appendix 3. Model test script  
Appendix 4. Model issues log  
Appendix 5. Model job description

Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown is Assistant Clerk of the Records at the Parliamentary Archives, UK, and has lectured and published widely on all aspects of digital preservation, including the book Archiving Websites: A Practical Guide for Information Management Professionals. He was previously Head of Digital Preservation at the National Archives, where his team won the International Digital Preservation Award in 2007.

"...a compact but thorough survey of the challenges of developing a web archiving programme and will repay reading by any librarian or information manager concerned about the long-term viability of the web-based information that is now our stock in trade."
— The Electronic Library

"An excellent introduction to the technical issues of web archiving on a national scale"