The Web as a new mediaBy nature, Web content is ephemeral: sites disappear continually and are frequently updated, involving the disappearance of what often is very valuable online information. This media is pervasive in our society and certainly today one of it most important representation. From presidential elections to music festivals, every event is an opportunity to create, update or close a website. However, like any other media (publications, audiovisual, music), it is essential to preserve what has a cultural value.
We see Web archiving as an essential way to preserve, valorize and use our digital heritage. But it means also to take up many challenges due to the feature and richness of the Web: dynamics, volatility, variety of formats and Internet users contributions, all attributes increasingly used.
Archiving the Web requires a special attention in order to retain its value and ensure its greater fidelity.
Web archiving in Europe in 2010
In the 7th framework programme of the European Research Project Living Web Archives, IM carried out a survey on Web archiving among European and International institutions.
The aim of this survey was to draw up an inventory of Web archiving institutions and to have a clearer understanding of problems encountered in the field of Internet archiving.
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ArchivetheNet, a unique platform with efficient technologies
ArchivetheNet provides a Web archiving platform, designed as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It fits to any institution (archives, libraries, institutions with heritage purposes,…), which plans to archive collections of some or many websites.
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