The year 2006 saw a power shift take place in the United States Congress. For the first time in 12 years, Democrats took control of both the House and the Senate. As a result of the Democratic control of the House, the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, was elected.
As part of a continuing effort by the Library’s Web Archiving project Minerva to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to, and preserve digital materials for future generations of researchers, the institution has put together a web archive for the 2006 election. Approximately 2,119 sites have been collected and preserved. Users can browse by subject, name or site title, as well as search by keyword.
In 2003, the Library began capturing websites related to the Iraq War. Currently available and processed are more than 200 sites.
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.