Trends in Use of the Pandora Archive

Monica Omodei
Publication date: 
Monday, 30 April, 2012

Presentation by Monica Omodei at the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) General Assembly Open day, Washington, 30 April 2012.

For 15 years the National Library of Australia has been archiving web content using a selective approach - called the Pandora archive.  Because permission has been sought from the publisher, public access to these archives has  been available throughout this time, though embargoed in some cases for an agreed period of time to protect commercial interests.

The age of the archive and the length of time over which public access and discovery mechanisms have been provided allows for some interesting analysis of trends  in the composition of the archive and the attitudes of publishers to requests for permission to archive their sites.

However of more interest is analysis on the usage of the archive and what types of archived web sites/publications become popular. A user survey has been running now for two and a half years and the more interesting outcomes from that survey are also presented.