As part of an effort to preserve “born-digital” content, the Library began capturing websites related to the Iraq War in March 2003. Currently available and processed are more than 200 sites.
The web capture team is still crawling the Internet for sites related to Iraq and will continue to update the collection as items are processed.
The Library has a website devoted to information about its program to capture and preserve historically important websites so that they can be accessed by future generations of users.
Subject areas in which the Library has been collecting websites include recent Supreme Court nominations; Hurricane Katrina; the papal transition following the death of John Paul II; and the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. Some of the websites captured by the Library and its partners are currently available by accessing the "Projects" section of the site.
Because an ever-increasing amount of the world’s cultural and intellectual output is created in digital formats and does not exist in any physical form, the Library of Congress and libraries and archives around the world are interested in collecting and preserving content on the web.
The Web Capture Program is directly related to the Library’s larger digital preservation program, called the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.