Archiving Web Content

2003 Special Libraries Association Annual Conference
News Division Continuing Education Course

Sunday, June 8, 2003

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Table of Contents

Archiving Web Content


Today's Panelists



Technology Overview

What can be archived?

Overview of File Formats(handout)

Static and Dynamic Content

Static and Dynamic Content

Archiving Presentation and Content

Archiving Secondary Information about Online Content (traffic)

Challenges of Changing Technology

Preparing Content to be Archived

Preparing Content to be Archived

Preparing Content to be Archived

Storing and Serving Archived Content

Serving to All External Users

Serving to All External Users

Serving to Select Users

Searching Archived Content


Workflow Overview



Brainstorming Recap!

Role of the Librarian

Librarian Role Overview

Building A Business Case

Business Case Overview

Does It Pay To Save?

Original Content

Making Money

Real Estate Database

Republication Link

Republication Link goes to RIGHTSLINK

The Washington Post Archives

Indirect Revenue

The Washington Post's Car Reviews

More of The Washington Post's Car Reviews

Video of Warren Brown Test Driving Hummer

The Washington Post's Travel Section

Live Chat about Travel

Transcripts of the Chats

The Real Estate Section

Real Estate Chat

Costs and Challenges

Costs and Challenges (cont'd.)

Costs and Challenges (cont'd.)

Get Credit!

Questions & Answers

Closing remarks

Suggested Resources

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Course Summary:

The panelists for Archiving Web Content talked about how their organizations archived materials from their Web sites. Janine Yagielski began the discussion by giving an overview of archiving at CNN. She identified problems, like changing content in wire stories that get updated throughout the day, and strategies for saving Web pages. CNN has an internal archiving system for Web content. It automatically saves main section fronts for a week. Librarians can decide what to save for longer than a week. The system also keeps secondary information about the site, like statistics, for a week.

Olivia Kobelt of the Christian Science Monitor works on converting print pages to Web content. She gave an overview of the Monitor's workflow. Since all of the Web content is kept on the site, the ability to find content is important. Stories older than five days are deleted from the general search engine, but are retained in the archive search and made available for a fee. They are working on implementing XML for better searching. Olivia also addressed the issue of correcting things on the Web.

Barry Abisch addressed the role of the librarian in the archiving process. Barry said that librarians should be involved in the Web edition of the news publication, just as we are involved in print versions.

Mark Stencel of The Washington Post gave a business case for archiving. He pointed out how archiving works to a business' advantage and ways to repurpose original content. He shared many concrete examples from the Washington Post's Web site, like a database about recent real estate transactions.