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The National Library of Ireland is actively creating an Irish web archive. Information published on the web is vulnerable to loss or change and in any given year over 50% of websites will be lost or changed.  The NLI recognises the intrinsic cultural value of such information and the need to preserve this material for current and future generations. It is also an opportunity to work with Born digital collections and to enable users to work with the NLI collections, in new and innovative ways.

Web archiving is an activity whereby a copy of a web site at a particular point in time is collected and preserved for future use. This copy is fully functioning and can be navigated like a live website. Sites are collected by a ‘web crawler’ which is an automated piece of software designed to capture websites at a particular point in time, and these archived  sites are  then  preserved and made available for research, sometimes long after the original site has disappeared.

2016 Web Archiving: Remembering 1916, Recording 2016
As part of NLI 2016, the National Library's commemorative programme for 2016, the library is archiving and preserving websites that tell the story of the year online. This includes sites relating to the official Ireland 2016 programme of formal events commemorating and reflecting on the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. You can find out more about our Remembering 1916, Recording 2016 web archiving project on the Web Archive Collections page and on our Blog, Twitter and Facebook.

For more information contact 2016webarchivist@nli.ie

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It is your responsibility to comply with the legislation in your jurisdiction, particularly copyright (where applicable). The National Library of Ireland makes these materials available for the purposes of research and private study only.  For further information please consult the Rights & Reproductions page of our website.