As some of you know, Archive-It along with collaborators Stanford / LOCKSS, UNT, and Rutgers were awarded an IMLS National Leadership Grant, "Systems Interoperability and Collaborative Development for Web Archiving" focused on API development and technical community building.
Related blog post: https://blog.archive.org/2015/10/08/imls-national-digital-platform-grant-awarded-to-advance-web-archiving/
Full proposal: https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/proposal_narritive_lg-71-15-0174_internet_archive.pdf
A technical community survey was conducted to inform our data transfer API development. The write-up for the survey is now available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7toWei7Sy_SOUJlZFhySHZYTWM/view?usp=sharing and we will be extending this survey to the Archive-It community soon as part of a follow-on to our ongoing digital preservation survey (last reported here: https://archive-it.org/blog/post/state-of-the-warc-our-digital-preservation-survey-results/).
To learn more about the overall community emerging out of the grant work, codenamed WASAPI, please visit out GitHub repository (https://github.com/WASAPI-Community/data-transfer-apis) which has links to presentations and other outputs. We also invite your feedback and discussion at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/wasapi-community.
Our general specification for a data transfer API for web archives is drafted and under internal review for a forthcoming Request for Comment release. We will keep the Archive-It community updated as the project progresses.
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