October 7, 2009 -- Web content changes all the time. If we don't save that content before it disappears, a major part of our cultural history will be lost.
This is the message of the second video in the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program’s video series. The just-released video, "Web Archiving," discusses the Library’s approach to collecting and preserving content found on the World Wide Web.
The three-minute video is targeted to librarians, archivists, and others interested in working with digital content.
The Library of Congress has been working to provide permanent access to web content of historical importance for almost a decade. It selects websites for collection, requests permissions from the website owners, addresses the technology of collecting websites and preserves the websites and makes them available. The video examines each of these four challenges.
The "Web Archiving" production is the second in the series, following the Bagit video that was released in July 2009. The Bagit video describes a specification for securely transferring digital content.
The Library has released a number of other online videos featuring presentations on a variety of digital preservation topics from NDIIPP partners. The NDIIPP video collection can be found at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/multimedia/videos/.