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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Preserving the Web Content of the 21st Century: How the Internet Archive, Museums and Art Libraries can work together on Collection, Curation and Access



While most museums and art libraries put a great deal of effort into establishing a dynamic and engaging web presence for their institution, many are not currently preserving their own web presence or web content related to their institution's mission or collecting policies. This session will combine elements of a panel discussion on the importance of web archiving and provide use cases of museums, discussing best practices, lessons learned, challenges and successes. 

Lori Donovan of the Internet Archive will give a demonstration of the web archiving service Archive-It  and discuss how Archive-It can help museums and other cultural institutions preserve relevant information on the web, including their own web presence - their main website and social media sites - as well as content from artists, auction houses or other collecting areas.

Elizabeth Skene, Curator of Collections at the Arab American National Museum will present a case study of how the Arab American National Museum has selected which web content is relevant and worth saving and how they've used Archive-It to capture and preserve web content on Arab Americans in politics, art and other public positions. 


Demonstration - show your project


lorimd's picture
I have a Master's of Information from the University of Michigan's School of Information, focusing in digital preservation. My primary interest is in web archiving and preserving at-risk cultural information on the web.
ESkene's picture
Tattooed archivist, community advocate, runner, Michigan born & raised, fearless idealist, impossibly organized, devotee of local music & beer.