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GPLL237 - Introduction to Web Archiving with Webrecorder

This workshop will focus on “human scale” archiving of websites and social media with Webrecorder, a free and open-source browser-based web archiving software. The workshop will give an introduction to some fundamental concepts and tools in web archiving, including a comparison between crawler-based approaches and those enabled by smaller-scale but higher-fidelity tools like Webrecorder. Participants will then apply this knowledge to create their own web archives using Webrecorder, which can be re-played, preserved, and examined independently of what happens to the sites captured on the live web. No prior knowledge or technical skills are required.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, participants will:
1. Learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of web archiving;
2. Learn how to use Webrecorder to create web archives of sites on the live web for free;
3. Create a web archive in the WARC format from a website of their choosing; and
4. Learn about software that can be used to replay and study web archives offline.

Leaders Information

This workshop will be led by Tim Walsh.

Tim Walsh is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Concordia University Library, as well as the subject librarian for Computer Science & Software Engineering; Mechanical, Industrial & Aerospace Engineering; and Music. He is an active member of the international digital preservation community, and is the developer and maintainer of several open-source digital preservation software tools used by research libraries and archives in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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