Library of Congress

Digital Preservation

The Library of Congress > Digital Preservation > NDSA > Working Groups > Content

2013 Web Archiving Survey

During Fall 2013, the Content Working Group invited U.S. organizations engaged in web archiving or in the process of planning a web archive to take the 2013 NDSA Web Archving Survey. A list of the survey questions is available here (PDF) and a report on the results is available here (PDF).

Recently Published Report: "Geospatial Data Stewardship: Key Online Resources"

A report (PDF) of the Geospatial Content Team that lists online resources that highlight key concepts and practices supporting the preservation and stewardship of digital geospatial data and information. The resources offer a starting point to methods, tools and approaches across the information lifecycle to assist in understanding current best practices in the stewardship of geospatial data. These resources will be regularly updated online at the "Geospatial Data Stewardship: Key Online Resources" web page.

Recently Published Report: "Issues in the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data"

A report (PDF) of the Geospatial Content Team considering both appraisal and selection activities as they effect decisions defining geospatial content of enduring value to the nation.

The Content Working Group is focusing on investigating guidelines for the selection of significant content, discovery of at-risk digital content or collections, and engaging all stakeholders in the process of acquiring the content, preserve it, and provide access to it. The Content Working Group’s current scope of work involves "content teams" grouped in the following topical areas:

  • Government
  • Geospatial
  • News, Media, and Journalism
  • Science, Mathematics, Technology and Medicine
  • Social Sciences
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Arts & Humanities

The Content Teams are assessing and selecting categories of content in their topical areas that are important for preserving. The groups are developing case studies and/or models to share broadly with all stakeholders, from content producers to cultural heritage organizations. The goal of the case studies is to engage all members of the community in the preservation of content and to encourage the cultivation of relationships that could enable preservation.

Case Studies will:

  • Establish the value of the content and provide the rationale for selecting it for preservation. What value does the content have? Is anyone collecting it? What factors affect its risk of disappearance?
  • Document recognized opportunities for preserving this content. Are there workflows in the creation or distribution of content that present opportunities for preservation?
  • Describe target audiences/stakeholders. Who would find value in this content and how might they be engaged in the process of preservation?
  • Outline a plan for educating stakeholders. How might NDSA or another organization raise the awareness of stakeholders including content creators, publishers, educators, libraries, researchers, or donors?
  • Describe potential obstacles or risk factors. What barriers for users/creators/preservationists might be faced and what options are there for overcoming them?
  • Develop actionable next steps. What can we do next, as a community or as individual institutions to ensure that important content is preserved?

Completed Case Studies:

Additionally, Content Working Group Members have been engaged in:

  • A blog preservation plugin to easily enable content creators to opt-in to preservation.
  • Bi-annual surveying of organizations in the United States who are actively involved in or planning to archive content from the web.  A report of the 2011 survey results is also available (PDF, 442 KB) along with the 2011 survey questions (PDF, 272 KB).
  • NDSA questions? Send an email to ndsa@loc.gov.

    Back to top