I recently mentioned the prolonged work in progress that is the US Library of Congress’s Twitter archive, but while we wait for it, other digital archives have finally come to fruition. In an effort to preserve the aesthetic and language developments that have defined the past decades, the Library of Congress has created the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.
“Main Reading room of the Library of Congress,” Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, 2009, via Wikimedia.
The Library of Congress began collecting the information for these archives in June of 2014. Rather than manually copying relevant webpages, the Library uses web crawlers that travel the internet and make copies of the content on it. (Search engines are perhaps the best known users of web crawlers. They use them to create indexes.)
In a press release for the archives, Elizabeth Peterson, the director…
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