The University of Illinois' World Sustainable Development Web Archive aims to preserve web content published by Non-Governmental Organizations that focus on environmental and economic sustainability. By collecting and making these materials available to scholars, students, and the public, the International and Area Studies Library hopes to support interdisciplinary research and inquiry into both particular and global trends in worldwide advocacy for sustainable development. The sites collected have a rich array of documentation, data, images, and media that preserve the diverse perspectives, activities, and practices of sustainability NGO around the world.
To ensure broad coverage of these movements, the archive actively collects materials in multiple languages and cultural groups. Each site is selected by a subject specialist from the International and Area Studies Library based upon their regional knowledge and expertise. Site content, perceived stability, and organizational structure are considered when NGOs are selected. Each site archived is made available six months after its initial capture to ensure that the archive is not confused for a mirror of the original content.
Archived copies of web sites are made available six months after the date of capture. This delay is in observance of the Section 108 Study Group Recommendations for Web Archiving.
This archive was created with the Web Archiving Service from the California Digital Library. This service employs open source web archiving utilities developed by Internet Archive with the support of the The International Internet Preservation Consortium. The Web Archiving Service was made possible with support from the National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program and the University of California.