Webarchiving: Try It

I was pawing through my morning news feeds and came across this post about Rhizome, the creator of Webrecorder. They were blogging the announcement of a national forum on ethics and webarchiving.

I took it as an ideal time to revisit Webrecorder.

Webrecorder is a way to archive any digital object on the net.

Here is a use case–archiving tweets from the CIA:


Here is the archive from the Rhizome post announcing the webarchiving ethics forum:


My thought here for my students is that we begin to extend what it means to have a bibliography.  Webrecorder allows students to share more completely what research resources they have collected online.  We could re-imagine what a review of the literature might mean.  We could begin to take back the net by gathering and archiving.

Somehow the Internet Archive will have to be involved in this nascent project.  Just thinking out loud here. A bit inchoate, but it’s my kind of inchoate.

3 Replies to “Webarchiving: Try It”

  1. Thanks Terry. This is useful. I’ve been wondering how to preserve the content on my web sites when I no longer am able to keep them live or after my death. I’ll try this out.

    In the Webrecorder archive, do the links on pages work? Or do you need to open a link so it is recorded, too?

    Of course, if I could interest some students to take an interest/ownership in the work I’m doing, they could do the archiving for me!

    1. Hey, I am over a year overdue in responding. The links do work, but to archive the page you have to open them inside Webrecorder and then they are ‘recorded’.

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