As cultural production and communication have moved online, the need for archivists to document history in real time has become increasingly clear and urgent. Yet the scale and complexity of online information and media can be daunting, even as web archiving tools and practices continue to evolve. And while large institutions are able to devote staff to keeping pace with new technologies and their attendant ethical concerns, small-to-mid sized organizations frequently rely on archivists who already handle many other responsibilities for this work. How does one design a web archiving program that meets the demands of our time with the resources at hand?
This two-day workshop is designed to provide an introduction to web archiving fundamentals and tools for archivists seeking to initiate web archiving programs within their organizations and communities that are grounded in ethical practices and scaled to their resources. Attendees will learn about current projects and advances in the field, and receive practical guidance on drafting collecting policies based on institutional mission and capacity, as well as hands-on instruction using open source tools. Participants should come away with a firm grounding in the principles and tools needed to sustainably advocate, plan for, and implement web archiving in their institutions. No previous experience in web archiving is required.
This web archiving virtual workshop was hosted by the Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network (DPOE-N) in partnership with the Pratt Institute School of Information. It is being offered tuition-free, thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Sumitra Duncan is head of the web archiving program at the Frick Art Reference Library. In this role she manages the web archiving program of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), which consists of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries and archives of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. She co-founded and co-coordinates the Web Archiving Special Interest Group of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Archive-It New York Users Group. She has previously led web archiving workshops for the Frick’s Digital Art History Lab, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, and The New School’s Parsons School of Design. She holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute with Advanced Certificates in Archives and Museum Libraries and a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Amye McCarther is an arts archivist and media conservator based in New York, where she serves as President of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART). Her experience has included directing archival programs, digital preservation initiatives, and film and audiovisual collections processing for museums and artist foundations, including the New Museum, the Merce Cunningham Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Judd Foundation, the Whitney Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s CALL Project, and others. Her media preservation projects have received grant funding from the Society of American Archivists, the CLIR Recordings at Risk program, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. She holds an MSIS in Archives and Preservation from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA in Studio Art and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.