K12 Web Archiving Program - a joint program of the Library of Congress and the Internet Archive
I wanted to bring to your attention a program that you and your schools may be interested in. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Feel free to pass this along to any other teachers who might like to participate in this program.
If you were a K-12 student, which websites would you want to save for future generations? What would you want people to look at 50 or even 500 years from now?
These questions are central to the K12 Web Archiving Program, a partnership between the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress. Now wrapping up its second year, with 12 schools in 11 states around the country, this innovative program provides a new perspective on saving history and culture, allowing students to actively participate and make decisions about what “at-risk” website content will be saved. The decisions they make help them to develop an awareness of how the Web content they choose will become primary sources for future historians studying today's culture and events.
The program uses Archive-It, a web archiving service from the Internet Archive, to capture born-digital content from the Web to create “time capsules.” Students decide on the scope of the collections as well as what specific websites to capture, and include a brief description of why it is important to preserve each of them. By allowing students to identify web content 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 from their perspective. Unlike time capsules of tangible objects, which usually remain hidden for decades or centuries, the resulting Web collections are immediately visible and publicly accessible, with full text search for study and analysis.
Any teachers that are interested in this program are encouraged to visit the application website for more information and to fill out an application for the 2010/2011 school year. Applications are due by July 2.
To see collections that students have created in the first two years of the program, please visit the program website at http://www.archive-it.org/k12/.
Intern, K12 Web Archiving Program
For questions or additional information, please contact:
Coordinator, K12 Web Archiving Program
Phone: 415-561-6799 ext.7
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