Web archivists here know that not all sites are created equal -- some adhere to standards and conventions that make them easier to crawl, index, and ultimately archive, while others, well, don't :-) The same things that we love about the web -- how open, dynamic, and mutable it is -- can sometimes make it a challenge to fit neatly into a box. This community support site makes it easier to capture otherwise unwieldy online resources through its specific guidance for archiving different types of sites, and further tips and tricks from partners' experience. But what about all of the creators, developers, owners, and donors that want to ensure that their own sites live on? Are there unintrusive ways to make their sites more readily "archivable" right now?
Through their collaborations with their stakeholders on the "live web," Archive-It partners have articulated their own needs and priorities in archivability guides like...
- Archivability - Stanford University Libraries
- Guidelines for Preservable Websites - Columbia University Web Resources Collection Program
- Five Tips for Designing Preservable Websites - Smithsonian Institution
Have you or your organization produced similar guidance? If so, please add to the thread below. It would be great to see more examples of this guidance in practice. And if these and more precedents raise questions or prompt issues and/or success stories, let's discuss them here!
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