About this Collection
The South Pacific Islands Web Archive covers the following twenty islands/countries: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. These islands are recognized as some of the most vulnerable in the world to the effects of climate change and political unrest, making the preservation of their documentation critical. The collection complements the print materials from the South Pacific Islands that the Library currently holds which consist of government and official publications and data from these regions.
Most, if not all, of this documentation is available online from government portals, ministries and agencies, parliaments, and other government institutions and includes vital primary source materials such as constitutions, legislation, annual reports, population censuses, development plans, economic reports, budget proposals, statistics, conference reports, financial data and regulations, policy documents and reports, etc. Key sites were selected for capture in order to ensure that the Library and United States Congress have perpetual access to documentation and data emanating from these twenty islands/countries that would be difficult to obtain elsewhere.
Collection Period: February 2017 to present (this is an ongoing archive).
Frequency of Collection: The majority of sites were targeted for capture twice-yearly, with fewer sites targeted for capture monthly, quarterly, yearly, or once.
Languages: Collection material in French, English, Niuean, Fijian, Hindi, Tongan, and Samoan.
Acquisition Information: Sites have been added incrementally since the project began and will continue to be added as they are identified.