[Consald-l] Columbia's Human Rights Web Archive

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Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:11:35 -0400
From: David Magier
Subject: Re: [Consald-l] documenting human rights
To: James Simon
Cc: CONSALD , Pamela Graham


the UT human rights web archive is a great resource. Another one you
should look at (with much more South Asia content already in it) is
Columbia's Human Rights Web Archive: http://hrwa.cul.columbia.edu/,
which I've reported on in earlier CONSALD meetings. It's been actively
collecting websites of human rights organizations from around the
world under Mellon grants since 2008. Like the UT archive, entries are
nominated through an online form
(http://hrwa.cul.columbia.edu/public_nomination), which has been used
by area studies librarians including CONSALDers (as well as HR
activists, NGO organizations, etc.) to build up an impressive
collection. The sites are crawled regularly according to different
schedules based on how frequently the target sites themselves are
updated, to allow the archive to contain an ongoing picture of the
evolution of the content. The interface allows searching as well as
browsing by subjects, places and languages. Apparently, no explicit
plans for content coordination between these two archives (i.e.
coordinated collection development policies) have been made yet. I'm
sure if you nominate a South Asia human rights organization for either
one, it will be well documented, preserved (although perhaps at
differing frequencies of capture), and kept accessible via the
archives. But hopefully better centralization, coordination and
planning will enable contributors to nominate entries to one place or
the other (not both!) depending on topic or region. For now, my own
occasional South Asia HR nominations (yes, somehow I am still doing
this) are going to the CU site.


David Magier, PhD
Associate University Librarian for Collection Development
Princeton University
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544

609-258-6950 fax

On Oct 11, 2013, at 7:43 PM, James Simon wrote:

> Thanks for this information, Mary. A nice feature is the ability to
> filter by area of coverage. South Asia does not appear to be widely
> represented. Perhaps folks already know of significant sites (a lot
> of us maintain profiles for HR) or have faculty/scholars who can
> recommend resources deserving of a longer life.
> Sent via DroidX2
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> From: "Rader, Mary R"
> To: consald
> Sent: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 15:00:30 GMT+00:00
> Subject: [Consald-l] documenting human rights
> Colleagues,
> 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.
> Best,
> Mary
> ______________________________________________
> Mary Rader
> Global Studies Coordinator / South Asia Librarian
> University of Texas Libraries
> The University of Texas at Austin

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