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Archiving the Web: Preserving UNLV's Public Presence for the Future

By BTL on February 23, 2016 7:27 AM | Permalink

UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections is responsible for collecting, preserving, and providing continual access to information resources about the university, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada. Increasingly, many of these resources are in the form of Internet websites which, by their nature, tend to be impermanent and in a constant state of flux. Special Collections has started using Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive to capture and preserve websites so researchers of the future will have access to historical snapshots of significant web resources. 

The life and business of the UNLV community is richly documented in university-created websites, so Special Collections has chosen this content for its first public web archive. Through the ongoing harvesting of UNLV websites, researchers will have access to information documenting the impact of the university on the community, such as the evolution of the Top Tier Initiative or the growth of the Medical School. The Libraries have already captured over 110 UNLV websites. For example, one of the sites captured was the UNLV Solar Decathalon site after it won its award. That site no longer exists on the open web, but an archived version can be found through the site.

In the future, Special Collections will capture web archives on other topics of local interest.

Explore the UNLV Web Archive online.