January 29, 2010 -- The International Internet Preservation Consortium recently released a web archives registry (external link). The registry offers a single point of access to a comprehensive overview of member web archiving efforts and outputs. Twenty-one archives from around the world are currently included; updates will be added as additional archives are made accessible by IIPC members.
In addition to a detailed description of each web archive, the following information is included:
- Collecting institution
- Start date
- Archive interface language(s)
- Access methods (URL search, keyword search, full text search, thematic, etc.)
- Harvesting methods (National domain, event, thematic, etc.)
- Access restrictions
The registry was put in place by the IIPC Access Working Group, which focuses on initiatives, procedures and tools required to provide immediate and future to access archived web material. The registry will also provide a basis for IIPC to explore integrated access and search in the future.
Preserving the web is not a task of any single institution. It is a mission common to all IIPC members, and many practices and lessons are transferable. The launch of the archive registry showcases international collaboration for preserving web content for future generations.
The IIPC was chartered in 2003 with 12 participating institutions. Today, there are over thirty-five member organizations. More information about the IIPC can be found at http://netpreserve.org (external link).