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WAS Service Update – June 2012

Service Description

The Web Archiving Service (WAS) enables librarians, archivists and researchers to capture, curate and preserve websites and web‐published materials. WAS makes it easy to build web archives, with scheduling and other tools to help manage your archive. You control public access to your archives and can configure the appearance and navigation of each archive. We also provide collection development consultation and help desk support for web archiving questions.

Service Manager

Tracy Seneca ( or

Additional WAS Information  (training materials, videos, guides, etc.)
More information about WAS is available at ( or by sending an inquiry to

WAS Activity, June 2012

  • 93 archives actively collected
  • 1,663 sites collected
  • 1.5 TB of data collected

Web Archiving Service User’s Group Meeting Scheduled for SAA Annual Meeting

CDL will be hosting a Web Archiving Service User’s group meeting in conjunction with the upcoming Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in San Diego. Since many WAS users from around the country will be attending SAA, this will be a great opportunity to share the work you’ve been doing, discuss best practices, and establish a more formal community of Web Archiving Service users.

You do not need to be registered for the SAA conference to attend this meeting, so I encourage WAS users from the UC campuses who may not be going to SAA to join us if you’re able to get to San Diego.

Please mark this event on your calendars if you can join:

Friday, August 10th
1pm to 4pm
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Room 202, Indigo A

Please send email to if you’d like to attend. We will be providing refreshments, so an early attendee list will help us plan for catering!

Jonathan LeBreton, Senior Associate University Librarian for the Temple University Libraries states: “We plan to use WAS to collect and preserve not only Temple University’s own websites, but also third party web sites which align with our existing strong archival collections including the Philadelphia Jewish Archives, Dance in Philadelphia, African American history, labor and civil rights organizations and contemporary culture”.

Purdue archivists also plan to use the service to harvest and preserve campus websites. In addition to being a major research library, Purdue is actively at the forefront of large-scale digital data management. Purdue is a member of DataCite and a partner in the DMPTool. With WAS, Purdue embarks on another new arena of digital preservation.

We look forward to working with both organizations as they build their archives!

UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library Integrates Archived Websites

The April/May Web Archiving Service update described a forthcoming WAS metadata export feature currently being pilot tested by a number of WAS partners, including UCSF. This metadata export feature enables organizations to integrate the display of their archived websites into other discovery systems.

The first public example of this feature is live at the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library: For example, a search of the archive on “Breathe California” will produce a top result of the archived “Breathe California” website. From that link you can discover the complete archiving history of the site, all of the site’s metadata, and can display any date of capture for that site.

So in addition to the wealth of scanned materials, UCSF is now able to integrate a growing number of websites documenting both the current and past activity of tobacco companies, health advocacy groups and researchers.