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Web Archiving for the Arts and Historic Preservation: Home

Web archiving for the fine arts and historic preservation in the city of Philadelphia.

The Fisher Fine Arts Web Archiving Program

The Fisher Fine Arts Web Archive collects, facilitates access, and preserves web content that documents, reflects, and provides value to the arts and historic preservation disciplines in Philadelphia. The program aims to archive web content and practices to provide future researchers an accurate representation of what accessing this material looked like today. We welcome research and collaboration.

Why archive the web?

The nature of scholarly and artistic output is growing in complexity and as traditional print publications migrate online, it has become necessary to shift the approach to collection building, access, and preservation. To make sure this content survives and informs the historical record, it must be preserved in real-time.

Web archiving is the process of preserving web content in an archival format and providing access to these collections. At Penn, we are interested in web archiving to preserve the record of web pages relating to the fine arts and historic preservation in the city of Philadelphia. Read more about what we're archiving in the Collection Development Policy section.


 drawing of websites in a box

Selected readings on web archiving

Introduction to web archiving
Creating web archives
Describing web archives
Ethics and web archiving
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