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Web Archiving for Collection Development: Capturing Event Data on the Umbrella Movement

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Daniel Tsang
University of California, Irvine

Bibliographers have been slow to recognize web archive as a function of collection development, beyond personnel in Special Collections (archiving university domain) or government documents (archiving government sites).  Yet as more and more data is generated online, including in the social sciences, it is timely to look at how web archiving can fit into a collection development policy and be part of a selector's duties. I assess existing collection development policies on web archiving in selected academic libraries and national institutions.  This presentation focuses on archiving web content relating to Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement and asseses the complications of such an endeavor in collection development and what can actually be captured in a web crawl.  It evaluates the research value of such a collection while highlighting some key criteria for selecting sites to crawl. It discusses the issue of international crawling of sites in another country or region and the potential benefits and risks of such a project.  Finally it offers a case study of how social media can be captured and made accessible to researchers in years to come.

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