Web Archive

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 80% 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 version of a web site at a particular point in time is collected and preserved for future use. This version 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. For more information contact webarchives@nli.ie

Copyright & Data Protection Information
It is the responsibility of the site owner to comply with the Data Protection and Copyright Legislation. The National Library archives these materials in the public interest and we make them available for the purposes of research and private study,