[Iag-list] Public release of the Australian Web Archive

Brendan Whyte obiwonfive at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 5 16:32:01 AEDT 2019


The Australian Web Archive<https://trove.nla.gov.au/website?q=> the most difficult archiving project in the history of the National Library , is now released to the public and available through Trove.

More than 20 years ago, the National Library of Australia saw that Australians were starting to record their stories and history on the web and decided it was time to start collecting websites.
Working in partnership with many organisations the service being launched today, the Australian Web Archive, is a rich and diverse selection of web content about all aspects of Australian life and society from 1996 to 2018. It includes annual whole of domain harvests that have captured what’s important at a point in time, as well as materail from the PANDORA web archive and Austrlaian Government Web Archive.
The Australian Web Archive will make a huge body of previously inaccessible content readily and freely available through Trove, and close the 'digital gap' that exists in the documentary record of Australia through the 90s and the early 21st Century. Users can perform full-text searches within the archive, and the collection is accessible to users outside the Library’s physical buildings.
The Australian Web Archive is one of the largest publicly accessible text searchable web archives in the world: about 600 TB of data across 9,000,000,000 records. If you printed out those records and stacked them in a bookcase, the bookcase would stretch from Canberra to Cairns.
We have created a promotional video about the Australian Web Archive<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-dF9krNFbE> and a how to video<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zmQD6c2CdI> which reveals the tips and tricks to exploring this remarkable resource.


Brendan Whyte
Curator of Maps
National Library of Australia
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