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A case study on Web site prteservation issues given by Alison Wildish and Lizzie Richmond at the JISC PoWR workshop 1 (Preservation of Web Resources: Making a Start), in the Senate House Library, ...

A case study on Web site prteservation issues given by Alison Wildish and Lizzie Richmond at the JISC PoWR workshop 1 (Preservation of Web Resources: Making a Start), in the Senate House Library, University of London on 27 June 2008.
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  • 1. Preservation of Web Resources: Making a Start University of Bath : Case Study Lizzie Richmond and Alison Wildish - University of Bath
  • 2. Web Specialist University Archivist, Records Manager and FOI Co-ordinator Lizzie Richmond Head of Web Services Alison Wildish
    • Archivist
    • Background in collection cataloguing and archival administration and conservation
    • Paper environment
    • Responsible to the archives – keep them safe and accessible for the future
    • Web specialist
    • Background in information technology, web design and development, communication and marketing
    • Digital environment
    • Responsible to the user – keep things up to date and useful
  • 3. Marieke Guy and Brian Kelly (UKOLN): We’re doing these workshops on Web Preservation and wondered if you’d be willing to give us a case study about the approach from the University of Bath… “ “ ”
  • 4. GULP Alison Wildish and Lizzie Richmond (University of Bath):
  • 5.  
  • 6. Initial thoughts…
  • 7. University Archivist, Records Manager and FOI Co-ordinator Oh no… not this again! Why me? This sounds technical… I’m a paper person I have enough trouble trying to preserve hard copy records without having to worry about the web I can see the value in theory, but in practice it’s too huge I guess it might be a good idea, but no one much cares what I think I am interested though… Now and the past
  • 8. Web Specialist Head of Web Services EEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK!!! In all honesty it isn’t interesting to me… We struggle to keep the site current – never mind thinking about preserving the old stuff I am future watching… need to know what to bring in not how to keep hold of the past Why is it something I should think about now? I’m not really that interested Now and the future
  • 9.
    • Case Study…
    The Prospectus
  • 10. Why the prospectus?
    • Practice makes perfect
    • Starting small = less daunting
    • Everyone has one
    • There’s strong demand for digital
    • Raises wide web preservation issues
    • We already have lots in the archives…
  • 11. 1953
  • 12. 1960
  • 13. 1965
  • 14. 1966
  • 15. 1968
  • 16. 1970
  • 17. 1976
  • 18. 1982
  • 19. 1985
  • 20. 1991
  • 21. 1994
  • 22. 1999
  • 23. 2001
  • 24. 2004
  • 25. 2008
  • 26. Why preserve? What value?
    • Over 50 years of institutional history
    • Rise of the logo
    • Dominance of design
    • From stuffiness to street cred
    • Competitive market
    • Contextually valuable
    • And this is just a ‘snapshot’…
  • 27. With more and more moving to the web what will we have in 50 years?
  • 28. Implications for online… Past Print Web Web Print Present / Future The record The publication
  • 29. We are doing some things…
    • Version controlled information:
    • Developing an online prospectus
    • CMS
    • Wiki
    • However:
    • Systems could change?
    • How much would we migrate?
     ?
  • 30. Core course content Latest publications (feed) NSS data (feed) ? Student reviews (feed) ? Department news (feed) ? A typical record - online course
  • 31. What could that tell us?
    • How additional data sources affected our recruitment?
    • Picture of the current climate (our research, what we were doing, how students rated the course)
    • What was important to the University?
  • 32. Interesting… but do we need this?
  • 33. Yes!
    • Publication and record
    • Good information management = good management
    • Our past helps inform our future
    • WWW.witness
    • Integral to corporate continuity
    • Preservation to track progress
    • Institutional heritage
  • 34.
    • File formats may change
    • Equipment may change – do we keep a paper copy of web pages too?
    • Resource implications – file storage
    • Who’s responsibility?
    Considerations…
  • 35. Web Specialist University Archivist, Records Manager and FOI Co-ordinator Lizzie Richmond Head of Web Services Alison Wildish
    • Better informed about differences between printed and web records and their implications
    • Recognition that web preservation should be addressed to avoid gap in University history
    • This is worth doing
    • There’s a lot to think about
    • We’ll need to work together to succeed
    • We need a strategy because:
      • - its important at an institutional level
      • - consistency of approach will be crucial
      • - the line between publication and record is blurred
    What have we learned?
  • 36.
    • What do we need to preserve?
    • How can we preserve this?
    • Set realistic expectations
    Steps forward…
  • 37. Thank you Any questions?