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End of Term Web Archive

The End of Term (EOT) Web Archive captures and saves U.S. Government websites at the end of presidential terms. EOT has thus far preserved websites from presidential administration or term transitions in 2008, 2012 and 2016. EOT is a truly collaborative project, drawing on the skills and resources of each partner institution, including CDL, Internet Archive, Library of Congress, University of North Texas, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), Stanford University, and George Washington University.

Project Background

The End of Term web archive collaboration began in the summer of 2008, when the project partners, all members of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) and partners in the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), agreed to join forces to collaboratively archive the U.S. Government web at the end of the Bush administration.

The End of Term Web Archive contains federal government websites (.gov, .mil, etc.) in the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial branches of the government. Websites that are at risk of changing (i.e., or disappearing altogether during government transitions are included in captures. This collection has been developed by partner institutions as well as with crowdsourced nominations.

Every web page archived as part of the End of Term project is accessible through the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.