“We are trying to capture content that is in danger of disappearing,” says Larissa Ringham, Digital Project Librarian at UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives. Over the past year, a team at UBC Library has been creating web archives to preserve materials relating to the COVID-19 pandemic response in British Columbia for future research.
UBC Library began web archiving publicly available content in 2013, when the Canadian federal government set out to streamline and simplify access to information on government websites. One technique used to effect this change was to reduce redundant, outdated and trivial (ROT) content.Excerpted from “UBC Library Digital Initiatives creates COVID-19 web archives to document pandemic response in British Columbia” (July 29, 2021) on the UBC Library website.
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