Annual Conference Session
Join the Metadata Interest Group for their meeting, featuring speakers Rick Fitzgerald and Grace Thomas, who will be speaking about the Library of Congress Web Archiving Program.
The Library of Congress Web Archiving program, in existence since 2000, has had varying approaches over the years related to creating metadata records and making them accessible. While the program has been in a state of continuous evolution since its inception, the past six years have seen significant advancement in how the Library conceptualizes a web archive, and is therefore able to describe it.
This re-conceptualization was integral for assigning appropriate permissions to archived web content and indeed led to more accurate description. However, the implementation was part of an overall system migration and was lengthy, resulting in a backlog of over 4,000 undescribed, inaccessible web archives. Additionally, with the Library’s 2017 Digital Collecting Plan, which calls for an expansion of web archiving, the Library’s event and thematic web archive collections have only continued increasing in number, depth, and breadth.
Their talk will explain the recent history of web archives description at the Library of Congress, the process to implement a new model of description, outline the current model represented publicly as Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) records incorporated into the loc.gov Solr index, share the process and triumph of clearing the backlog, set our work among other institutions participating in web archiving and description of web archives, and finally look toward the future in describing research projects we hope will enhance our description.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.