Web Archiving event

It’s unusual to see an event about digital records at the Institut français. Not strictly speaking about independent archives, but some of the issues could be relevant.

Title: Web Archiving
Location: The Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place
Description: What did blogs look like at the turn of the last century ? How did the candidates, in the 2002 and 2007 French presidential elections, or the British General Elections of 2005, present themselves and their campaigns on their websites ?

For many the web has become the information source of first resort. From online journals and scholarly material to news, travel and sport, the web provides unlimited and immediate access to enormous resources.

The emergence of the World Wide Web as a global information resource has created special challenges for the archiving of digital materials. The Web’s ever-expanding size, the dynamic and ephemeral nature of its
content, and how this is to be captured, stored and made accessible for the long-term, are some of the key questions. The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. The Web Archiving is at the heart of both new forms of knowledge and legal problems to protect authors and others. This ambitious project presents a challenge for libraries that have to reconsider their organization and the methods of modernization.

*Gilda Illien* of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and

*Stephen Blury *of the British Library

will explain how web material has been saved, and which technological and legal problems must still be overcome.

To find out more

Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 19:00
Date: 2008-10-03

The event is free but reservation is recommended.

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