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Some exciting news today – the West Yorkshire Archive Service [WYAS] submission to the InterPares 3 Research Project for a case study of the MLA Yorkshire archives has been accepted. MLA Yorkshire, the lead strategic agency for museums, libraries and archives in the region, closes this week (so that live website might not be available for too much longer! – In fact, I’ve been experimenting with the Internet Archives’ Archive-It package as part of the MLA Yorkshire archives work) as part of a national restructuring of the wider organisation, and I’ve spent much of the past few days arranging the transfer of both paper and digital archives from the local office in Leeds.
InterPares 3 focuses on implementing the theory of digital preservation in small and medium-sized archives, and should provide an excellent chance for WYAS to build up in-house digital preservation expertise as we feel our way with this, our first large-scale digital deposit. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I hope to document how we get on with the project on this blog.
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Probably the best posting I can make on the Internet Archive, based in San Francisco, is to encourage colleagues to have a look at their Archive-It subscription service, and perhaps attend a free webinar about the tool (details on the site) or at least have a look through some of the collections from partner institutions in US State Archives.
Although not yet listed on the site, some UK colleagues are already experimenting with the tool. The Internet Archive offers full hosting and storage, or can also ship the results of the web crawl back to the partner institution – as they will be doing for the major full Australian domain web crawl for the National Library of Australia, which had just completed at the time of my visit. The IA is also working LOCKSS for storage of harvested websites, and hoping to work with the digital repository software platforms DSpace and Fedora. Tools to enable more sophisticated pre-crawl scoping and to bookmark potential sites of interest before harvesting are also due for release soon.
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