Film, Video Thinking Differently About Web Page Preservation

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Thinking Differently About Web Page Preservation
Representatives from Old Dominion University Department of Computer Science, who were joined by Library of Congress program officer Martha Anderson, provided an overview of their work on the Archive Ingest and Handling Test (AIHT),, an initiative sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. The AIHT was designed to test the feasibility of transferring digital archives from one institution to another. During the course of the AIHT, Old Dominion developed a number of alternative models for the preservation of Web pages that the Library has developed into full research projects. Old Dominion has developed a tool called "Warrick" that aggregates the byproduct of search engines and crawlers for Web page preservation. The tool crawls the caches of Google, Yahoo! and other search portals to reconstruct entire Web sites that have been lost. A second project enlists the Apache Web server tool to assist in preparing pages that are "preservation-ready." Old Dominion has developed the "mod_oai" Apache module that uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to assist crawlers in identifying updates and additions in a Web site. The module also provides archive-ready representations of the Web pages encoded in MPEG-21 Digital Item Declaration Language (DIDL).
Event Date
June 29, 2006
-  For more than 15 years, Joan Smith has worked in the software field in some capacity: as a programmer, teacher, systems engineer, manager and, more recently, as a researcher. She holds degrees in philosophy (University of Leuven, Belgium); chemistry, natural science (SUNY) and Computer Education (Hampton University).
-  Frank McCown has served as an instructor of computer science at Harding University since 1997. Before joining Harding, he worked as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics.
-  Michael L. Nelson received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and his master's and Ph.D. in computer science from Old Dominion University. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center from 1991-2002. Through a NASA fellowship, he spent the 2000-2001 academic year at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In July 2002, he joined the Computer Science Department of Old Dominion University.
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1 hours 24 minutes 49 seconds
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