With funding from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) and in partnership with UCLA and Harvard University, CDL have developed Cobweb, an open source platform to support collaborative collection development for web archives.
The shared curatorial decision-making enabled by Cobweb will benefit libraries and archives already engaged in web archiving as well as those that have not yet started, and it will help them make better informed decisions regarding the allocation of their finite resources. Cobweb also provides researchers with aggregated descriptions of archived resources to help them identify and find those useful to their research.
See the IMLS-funded Cobweb grant proposal.
We’ve been engaging with the digital library, web archiving, and internet researcher communities through conference presentations and participation as well as structured conversations to gather user stories, learning from users’ experiences collecting and conducting research with web archives. We’ve also engaged in user testing to solicit direct feedback on how well the system supports web archiving workflows and meets both curator and researcher needs.
We continue to share demonstrations of the Cobweb platform and its functionality through webinars, conference presentations, and by invitation to groups who are interested in learning more.
If you have experience collaboratively developing web archive collections, or simply have questions about Cobweb, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Kathryn Stine, Cobweb Outreach Manager.
Work on Cobweb has included four coordinated and complementary activities:
Developing the open source Cobweb system (UCLA)
- Kristian Allen, Technical Oversight/UCLA Coordination
- Peter Broadwell, Technical Project Manager
- Andrew Wallace, Technical Lead
User interface design and usability testing (Harvard University)
- Lindsay Deal, User Experience Researcher
- Amy Deschenes, User Experience Oversight
- Janet Taylor, User Interface Designer
- Anne Whiteside, Project Advisor/Harvard Coordination
Community outreach and engagement (CDL)
- Stephen Abrams, Principal Investigator
- Kathryn Stine, Outreach Manager/Project Management
System deployment (CDL)
- Jim Vanderveen, System Administrator
|Activity||Dates of Activity|
|Fully functional demonstration system rollout||October 2018|
|Prototype versioning, review||June 2018, September 2018|
|Iterative development on prototype refinements||December 2017 – September 2018|
|User testing, data gathering||December 2017 – July 2018|
|First prototype rollout||November 2017|
|Draft workflows and wireframes||October – November 2017|
|Develop core functionality, import holdings metadata||September – November 2017|
|Establish functional requirements, refine metadata specifications||August – October 2017|
|Develop user personas and user stories, user data gathering||August – October 2017|