Looking for the Web site of Governor Tim Kaine (2006-2010), which was taken down at the end of his term? The Library of Virginia can help. The Web sites of the Kaine Administration (Governor, First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries, and his initiatives) are preserved as part of the LVA’s Virginia Web Archive.
Since 2005, the LVA has been “archiving” Web sites of enduring cultural value, especially those created and maintained by Virginia government. We started with the administration of Governor Mark Warner (2002-2006) and expanded into special topics of Virginia interest, such as the 2006 Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb, the 2007 and 2009 General Assembly elections, the 2008 Congressional elections, and the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are already archiving Web sites of the Governor Bob McDonnell Administration, Virginia’s 2010 Congressional candidates, and various organizations that have donated their paper records to the Library.
The Virginia Web Archive can be accessed from Virginia Memory under Digital Collections.
-Roger Christman, LVA Senior State Records Archivist
Canisius College, in Buffalo NY, is looking at the “hows” of archiving electronic records — as are most archives in the country now, I suppose.
What are the standards used by the LVA to archive the websites mentioned in the above blog entry and are there other electronic records being considered for archiving and using what standards?
The Library of Virginia’s mission is to preserves the legacy of Virginia’s culture and history and provides access to the most comprehensive information resources for and about Virginia. Specifically, the Library collects the archival records of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Virginia state government and Virginia-related materials that are of a private nature and that may assist researchers in discovering more about the history and lives of Virginia citizens. The Library’s Web collection is designed to capture Web sites that mirror records that are already represented in Library’s State and Private Papers collections.
Our Web collection development policies can be found here: http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/web_archives/guidelines
As Web archiving technology improves, the Library has expanded our collecting scope to include state government YouTube channels, Flicker pages, and Twitter sites.