Web Archive

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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 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

Suggest a website

The National Library of Ireland welcomes suggestions of websites for inclusion in the web archive. If you would like to nominate a site that you feel ought to be included, or if you are aware of a site that is at risk of deletion or about to undergo significant redevelopment, please email webarchives@nli.ie

Please note that nomination does not guarantee inclusion in the NLI web archive. Nominated websites must be in  line with the NLI's Collection Development Policy.

Copyright information
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.