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Gathering the ’Net: Efforts and Challenges in Archiving Pacific Websites

Gathering the ’Net: Efforts and Challenges in Archiving Pacific Websites Gathering the ’Net: Efforts and Challenges in Archiving Pacific Websites Eleanor Kleiber In addition to more traditional material—books, journals and other serial publications, brochures, music, films, manuscripts, photographs, post- cards and archives—the University of Hawai‘i–0ëQRD uhm) Library’s Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are now actively collecting websites. With so many new websites being created in and about the Pacific Islands region, and so much more information being made available online—and at times exclusively so—it has become increasingly clear to the librarians of these collections that to adequately document this period in history it is necessary to collect and preserve websites. The uhm Library has been attempting to archive websites in one form or another since 2001. This essay will discuss the importance of collecting Pacific websites, describe how the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are finding solutions for the inherent challenges of preserving websites, and explore some potential future directions that would strengthen the project and meet the informa- tion and research needs of the Pacific Islands region. Why Preserve Websites The uhm Library’s Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have long recog- nized the research value of websites. In many ways the UH effort seeks to parallel a web archiving project being http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Gathering the ’Net: Efforts and Challenges in Archiving Pacific Websites

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 26 (1) – Mar 12, 2014

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2008 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

Gathering the ’Net: Efforts and Challenges in Archiving Pacific Websites Eleanor Kleiber In addition to more traditional material—books, journals and other serial publications, brochures, music, films, manuscripts, photographs, post- cards and archives—the University of Hawai‘i–0ëQRD uhm) Library’s Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are now actively collecting websites. With so many new websites being created in and about the Pacific Islands region, and so much more information being made available online—and at times exclusively so—it has become increasingly clear to the librarians of these collections that to adequately document this period in history it is necessary to collect and preserve websites. The uhm Library has been attempting to archive websites in one form or another since 2001. This essay will discuss the importance of collecting Pacific websites, describe how the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections are finding solutions for the inherent challenges of preserving websites, and explore some potential future directions that would strengthen the project and meet the informa- tion and research needs of the Pacific Islands region. Why Preserve Websites The uhm Library’s Hawaiian and Pacific Collections have long recog- nized the research value of websites. In many ways the UH effort seeks to parallel a web archiving project being

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 12, 2014

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