CATCH meeting

Post date: Mar 04, 2013 2:25:34 PM

Archiving the Web: How to Support Research of Future Heritage?

NWO-CATCH Meeting, hosted by WebART.

April 19 2013, Aula, National Library of the Netherlands (KB), the Hague


The web has become the central medium of our time -- all our traditional media have become digital and even our own lives are increasingly taking place 'on the web'. Preservation and archiving practices haven't kept pace, resulting in our future heritage being lost to posterity, rapidly and indefinitely. Web Archives constantly struggle with challenges of preserving an ephemeral medium, and have to make crucial decisions on selection policies, storage constrains, and the desired frequency of crawling and harvesting. The evolution of Web-based technologies and services -- such as dynamic content, social media, RSS feeds, Tweets, Mobile Applications and API's -- create new challenges. Also the demands of researchers using the web archive evolve rapidly, requiring novel access tools for exploring the existing archived Web strata, or new types of data that are currently not preserved by Web archives. What is the best way forward to make both ends meet?

Keynote speakers: 

- Helen Hockx-Yu, Head of Web Archiving, British Library.

- Bill LeFurgy, Digital Initiatives Program Manager, Library of Congress

- Dr. Bernhard Rieder, Assistant Professor in New Media, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Keynote abstracts and speaker biographies are available here.

Preliminary program:

12.00-13.00        Lunch and registration

13.00-13.15        Opening

                              Day chair:  Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam)

                              Lily Knibbeler (National Library of the Netherlands, head Marketing and Services, board member)

                              Jaap van den Herik (CATCH, Programme Committee chair)

13.15-14.15        "Web Archiving and Scholarly Use of Web Archives", Helen Hockx-Yu (British Library)

                              Session chair: Barbara Sierman (National Library of the Netherlands)

14.15-14.45        "This is Where We Draw the Line!", Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam)

                              Session chair: Hugo Huurdeman (University of Amsterdam)

14.45-15.15        Coffee

15.15-16.15        "Guiding the Stewardship of Big--Really Big--Digital Collections", Bill LeFurgy (Library of Congress)

                              Session chair: Victor-Jan Vos (National Library of the Netherlands)

16.15-17.00        Panel discussion, chaired by Ewoud Sanders (NRC)

                              Arjen de Vries (CWI / Delft University), Bill LeFurgy (Library of Congress), Helen Hockx-Yu (British Library),

                              Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam)


17.00-18.00        Social Drinks


This meeting is open to any interested party, and there is no registration fee. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register via: