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How Web Archiving Service (WAS) can help your institution capture and preserve today's web

The University of California's Web Archiving Service (WAS) helps a wide variety of institutions—from small institutes to large public universities—create enduring digital archives of fragile web resources and safeguard them in long-term private or publically accessible storage.

WAS is a service of the University of California Curation Center, powered by the California Digital Library (CDL). WAS is uniquely positioned to aid libraries and institutions in the web archiving process. We understand the varieties of research and types of materials you may want to collect, and the importance of integration with your existing systems.

WAS helps you preserve your institution's history. Ensure that your institutional record is complete and searchable. WAS helps you to collect and preserve hundreds of hard-to-find and continually updated web pages, related sites, and sub-sites on a periodic schedule.

WAS helps you create new collections. Collect the ephemeral websites, news stories, and social conversations that relate to your special interest areas. You bring the subject expertise, WAS helps you archive it.

WAS is easy to use. The WAS interface is user-friendly: just enter the URLs you want, and we'll put our web crawlers to work. If you do need help, we provide customer support, as-needed guides, and in-depth training sessions.

WAS hosts the service and the storage. We offer complete data center support, including web crawling for websites, web pages and online publications. CDL hosts both the service and storage, freeing you of the need for additional storage infrastructure or dedicated IT staff.

Web Archiving:
The evolution of collecting

The way we collect and archive has evolved. Many traditional sources of both government and private information are now published only in digital form, on the web. Yet the web is inherently changeable: Sites are continually redesigned or updated. Pages and entire websites disappear overnight, without warning.

This enormous change in how we communicate provides both challenge and opportunity. As cultural memory institutions, libraries have long provided lasting access to government publications and non-governmental publications, and to ephemera like news clippings, photographs, and other artifacts. The disappearance of such critical cultural information is everyone's loss.

Today, new web archiving tools give libraries and institutions the power to continue their historic role in support of research and education: finding, collecting, organizing, and archiving a vast amount of information on a broad range of subjects, and preserving even the most ephemeral digital information for future generations of students and researchers.

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