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'The Short and the Long' of It: Web Archiving at the Folger Shakespeare Library



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  • 1. “The Short and the Long” of It: Web Archiving at the Folger Shakespeare Library Jaime McCurry November 12, 2013
  • 2. National Digital Stewardship Residency Program (NDSR) MISSION: “To build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation's capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.”
  • 3. Project Description: To establish local routines and best practices for archiving and preserving the Folger’s born-digital content.
  • 4. “The mission of the Folger Shakespeare Library is to preserve our collection; to make our collection accessible to scholars and others who can use it productively; and to advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s writings and the culture of the early modern world.
  • 5. Web Archiving at the Folger Initiative Began: 2011 Current Collections: 2 Documents Crawled To-Date: 6,189,247 Data Archived To-Date: 429 GB
  • 6. Archived Since: October 2011 Purpose: Preserving the institution’s web presence Active Seeds: 34 Crawl Frequency: Quarterly Scope: Websites and social media sites from the Folger Shakespeare Library
  • 7. Types: Folger Website Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, MySpace) WordPress Blogs Folger YouTube Account Luna Imaging Database & Hamnet Bibliographic Catalog
  • 8. Archived Since: October 2011 Active Seeds: 296 Crawl Frequency: Semi-Annual Scope: Websites for drama festivals and theatrical companies with a focus on Shakespeare performance. Scope primarily limited to the United States, but includes some international festivals as well.
  • 9. In the Past: Research on the subject required combing through - print directories - production files - newspaper clippings - printed programs - outdated web directories
  • 10. “A number of theatrical companies listed in online directories were no longer active by the time we started our Archive-It activities in 2011.” (Kuhn, Wahl: Folger RBMS Poster, June 2013) “Have we lost the first decade of Shakespeare on the Web?” If so, we don’t want to lose the second!
  • 11. Progress: - 64 new seed URLs added to the collection - Metadata for each seed - Grouped seeds by location for improved search functioning 11
  • 12. Next Step: - Create a third collection: International Shakespeare Festivals and Theatrical Companies
  • 13. RECOMMENDATIONS: - Communication (Online Strategy Council, Collection Development Committee, Folger Staff and Readers) Documentation (Archive-It webinar write-ups, Updated Metadata Workflow, Updated Workflow for Adding a Collection) Small, Yet Effective: Customized URL, Uploading Folger Logo, “Landing page” on Folger Website ULTIMATE GOAL: OFFICIAL WEB ARCHIVING
  • 14. FUTURE POSSIBILITIES? - Always keeping in mind potential collection topics: Examples: Shakespeare in Education (NY Times ‘Hamlet’ Contest) Scholarly Blogs University Programs Reader/Staff Nomination Forms Etc.
  • 15. “To thine own self be true.” Hamlet “Hell is empty, all the devils are here.” The Tempest “To do a great right, do a little wrong.” Merchant of Venice “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • 16. CONTACT Jaime McCurry National Digital Stewardship Resident