“The Short and the Long”
of It:
Web Archiving at the
Folger Shakespeare
Library
Jaime McCurry
November 12, 2013
National Digital Stewardship
Residency Program (NDSR)
MISSION: “To build a dedicated community of
professionals who will a...
Project Description:
To establish local routines and best practices for
archiving and preserving the Folger’s born-digital...
“The mission of the Folger Shakespeare Library is to
preserve our collection; to make our collection accessible
to scholar...
Web Archiving at the Folger
Initiative Began: 2011
Current Collections: 2
Documents Crawled To-Date: 6,189,247
Data Archiv...
Archived Since: October 2011
Purpose: Preserving the institution’s web presence
Active Seeds: 34
Crawl Frequency: Quarterl...
Types:
Folger Website
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, MySpace)
WordPress Blogs
Folger YouTube Account
Luna Imagin...
Archived Since: October 2011
Active Seeds: 296
Crawl Frequency: Semi-Annual
Scope: Websites for drama festivals and theatr...
In the Past:
Research on the subject required combing through
- print directories
- production files
- newspaper clippings...
“A number of theatrical companies listed in
online directories were no longer active by the
time we started our Archive-It...
Progress:
- 64 new seed URLs
added to the collection
- Metadata for each seed
- Grouped seeds by
location for improved
sea...
Next Step:
- Create a third
collection:
International
Shakespeare
Festivals and
Theatrical
Companies
https://infogr.am/Fes...
RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Communication (Online Strategy Council, Collection
Development Committee, Folger Staff and Readers)
Doc...
FUTURE POSSIBILITIES?
- Always keeping in mind potential collection topics:
Examples:
Shakespeare in Education (NY Times ‘...
“To thine own self be true.”
Hamlet

“Hell is empty, all the devils are here.”
The Tempest

“To do a great right, do a lit...
CONTACT
Jaime McCurry
National Digital Stewardship Resident
http://jaimemccurry.com
jmccurry@FOLGER.edu
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'The Short and the Long' of It: Web Archiving at the Folger Shakespeare Library

  1. 1. “The Short and the Long” of It: Web Archiving at the Folger Shakespeare Library Jaime McCurry November 12, 2013
  2. 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.” http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr/
  3. 3. Project Description: To establish local routines and best practices for archiving and preserving the Folger’s born-digital content.
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. Types: Folger Website Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, MySpace) WordPress Blogs Folger YouTube Account Luna Imaging Database & Hamnet Bibliographic Catalog
  8. 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. 9. In the Past: Research on the subject required combing through - print directories - production files - newspaper clippings - printed programs - outdated web directories
  10. 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. 11. Progress: - 64 new seed URLs added to the collection - Metadata for each seed - Grouped seeds by location for improved search functioning 11
  12. 12. Next Step: - Create a third collection: International Shakespeare Festivals and Theatrical Companies https://infogr.am/Festivals-and-company-websites-bygeographic-location/
  13. 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. 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. 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. 16. CONTACT Jaime McCurry National Digital Stewardship Resident http://jaimemccurry.com jmccurry@FOLGER.edu

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