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Archiving Web Site Resources: A Records Management View

Title: Archiving Web Site Resources: A Records Management View

Authors: Pennock, M. and Kelly, B.

Conference:  WWW2006, 15th International World Wide Web Conference

Citation:

Pennock, M. and Kelly, B., 2006. Archiving Web Site Resources: A Records Management View. InWWW2006, 15th International World Wide Web Conference, 23-26 May 2006, Edinburgh.

Author Details

The co-authors of this paper are:

  • Maureen Pennock, UKOLN, University of Bath, UK.
  • Brian Kelly, UKOLN, University of Bath, UK. ORCID: 0000-0001-5875-8744

You can view Brian Kelly’s Google+ page. His email address is currently b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk

Abstract:

In this paper, we propose the use of records management principles to identify and manage Web site resources with enduring value as records. Current Web archiving activities, collaborative or organisational, whilst extremely valuable in their own right, often do not and cannot incorporate requirements for proper records management. Material collected under such initiatives therefore may not be reliable or authentic from a legal or archival perspective, with insufficient metadata collected about the object during its active life, and valuable materials destroyed whilst ephemeral items are maintained. Education, training, and collaboration between stakeholders are integral to avoiding these risks and successfully preserving valuable Web-based materials.

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