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Cool Links: The K-12 Web Archiving Program

Posted Aug 10, 2009
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From a scan of ResourceShelf listing in early August, we pick up on The K-12 Web Archiving Program, from the Library of Congress. From the Program's website:


If you were a student, which websites would you want to save for future generations? This is the challenge we posed to students and their teachers. For the 2008/2009 school year, Internet Archive, the Library of Congress and California Digital Library collaborated on a program that explores archiving the Web from the perspective of students in elementary, middle and high school.


We hope that stimulating students to think about history in the context of their own lives will provide them an opportunity to actively engage in selecting the matter of history in the future, and help students begin to grasp the tremendous challenges presented by a world in which information can be both generated and annihilated in a heartbeat.


Using the Archive-It service, students from ten different schools selected born digital content from the Web to create "time capsules" to represent their world. By allowing students to identify sites that will be preserved for the long-term, the program gives teens and younger students a chance to identify and document their cultural history and the world that's important to them. Unlike time capsules of tangible objects, which usually remain hidden for decades or centuries, the resulting Web collections are immediately visible and publicly accessible here, with full text search for study and analysis.


For the 2009/2010 school year we hope to broaden the program's outreach to additional schools around the country.


Click HERE to link the K-12 Web Archiving Program website.

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