David Pearson
Maxine Davis
Publication date: 
Wednesday, 7 October, 2009

Prepared by Maxine Davis and presented by David Pearsonat the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium) Open Day, San Francisco on 7 October 2009.

The National Library of Australia shares a common concern with other members of the IIPC about maintaining ongoing access to web archives.  Our experience with managing the PANDORA web archive, shows that we will probably have ongoing problems accessing our web objects. They are accessible at the time of collection (or we don’t collect them), but over time, due to many factors, access become increasingly problematic. There is no doubt that in the future, we will need to make many informed decisions about the types and effectiveness of preservation actions that are required to maintain meaningful access. This is not just for specific types of web content, but for all content in our web archive.

As part of the Preservation Working Group, the NLA have been exploring how to share information about documenting web dependencies.

This presentation will describe the following:-

*The problem
*Case study: PANDORA Web Archive
*Some approaches & options
-Approach 1: Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR)
-Approach 2: Wikipedia
-Approach 3: Another way documenting what web archives  actually use/d