February 18, 2008
The Living Web Archives project will carry Web archiving beyond the current approach, characterized by static snapshots, to one that fully accounts for the dynamics and interrelations of Web content. Through an ambitious plan of research, the project aims to improve archive fidelity, coherence, and interpretability.
The three-year project is funded by the European Union through the Seventh Research Framework Programme.
The project kick-off meeting was held earlier this month in Hannover, Germany.
The result of LiWA’s work will be a set of next generation Web archiving methods and tools making possible the creation and long-term usability of high-quality Web archives. Aspects of the project’s research will focus on improving Web capture fidelity by providing for the capture of the hidden Web and all types of content, including content that is currently difficult to gather, and by filtering out unwanted content through spam and trap detection.
Other aspects of the project will address the temporal incoherence inherent in current Web capture methods and tools. The research will also address the rapid semantic and technological evolution of the Web in order to promote the long-term viability of Web archives.
LiWA research will lead to scalable technologies, applicable to the Web archiving goals in institutions with varying collection policies.
The project lead is the L3S Research Center in Hannover, Germany. The other partners are:
- European Archive Foundation, The Netherlands
- Max Planck Institut for Computer Science, Germany
- Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
- Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, The Netherlands
- Hanzo Archives Limited, England
- National Library of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
- Moravian Library, Czech Republic
For more information on Living Web Archives, please visit: http://www.liwa-project.eu/index.html