[Consald-l] documenting human rights


As many of you are already well aware, the UT Libraries have been actively engaged in documenting and preserving materials related to human rights through the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI, see http://lib.utexas.edu/hrdi) . One part of that broad initiative is to capture and archive web-based human rights documentation and related content from human rights organizations and advocates across the globe; the current collection of this activity can be accessed here: http://archive-it.org/collections/1475. The HRDI archivists know first-hand how important capturing and preserving this information can be-over the past few years, 56 of the sites included in the collection have either disappeared or ceased publishing which reminds us how ephemeral human rights web publishing can be.

The HRDI archivists have recently put out a call for new websites to archive, hence my message to you for your ideas. Sites should be recommended based on the quality of unique information presented as well as the perceived fragility/instability of the site. If you have suggestions, please do submit them through the online recommendation form: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hr-website-nomination-form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me or T-Kay Sangwand, the UT's HRDI Archivist (I'm also happy to discuss in person at Madison next week). We eagerly await your ideas and suggestions.


Mary Rader
Global Studies Coordinator / South Asia Librarian
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin

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