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If you were a K12 student which websites would you want to save for future generations? What would you want people to look at 50 or even 500 years from now?


These questions are central to the K12 Web Archiving Program, a partnership between the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress. Now in its fifth year, with 8 schools in 8 states around the country, this innovative program provides a new perspective on saving history and culture, allowing students to actively participate and make decisions about what "at risk" website content will be saved. The decisions they make help them to develop an awareness of how the Web content they choose will become primary sources for future historians studying our lives.

The program uses Archive-It, a web archiving service, to capture born digital content from the Web to create collection "time capsules." Students decide the type of collections and the specific websites to be captured, attaching a brief description to each one so that people in the future will know why they chose this content. By allowing students to identify websites that will be preserved for the long-term, the program gives teens and younger students a chance to identify and document their cultural history and the world that's important to them. Unlike time capsules of tangible objects, which usually remain hidden for decades or centuries, the resulting Web collections are immediately visible and publicly accessible, with full text search for study and analysis.


Program Website:  http://www.archive-it.org/k12/


Archive_Participant_ Locations_2012.pdf


Program Timeline


  • September-October: Teachers assemble students and review the program. Begin work on creating collections, selecting websites, and writing descriptions.
  • Late October - Program Kickoff Calls:
    • Monday, October 22 - 10am PT/1pm ET
    • Tuesday, October 23 - 12pm PT/3pm ET
  • Week of October 29- Archive-It accounts activated - Start crawling!
  • November through March: Crawl content and manage collections
  • February 2013 - Check in call (Dates TBA)
  • April 1, 2013: Last day of crawling
  • April 2013: Evaluation process, with short online survey
  • Early May 2013: Final meeting (Dates TBA)


Program Resource Page: 









Final Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F6X28HG


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