Conference Paper

Approaches To Archiving Professional Blogs Hosted In The Cloud

Conference: 7th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES 2010)


Early adopters of blogs will have made use of externally-hosted blog platforms, such as and, due, perhaps, to the lack of a blogging infrastructure within the institution or concerns regarding restrictive terms and conditions covering use of such services. There will be cases in which such blogs are now well-established and contain useful information not only for current readership but also as a resource which may be valuable for future generations. The need to preserve content which is held on such third-party services (“the Cloud’) provides a set of new challenges which are likely to be distinct from the management of content hosted within the institution, for which institutional policies should address issues such as ownership and scope of content. Such challenges include technical issues, such as the approaches used to gather the content and the formats to be used and policy issues related to ownership, scope and legal issues. This paper describes the approaches taken in UKOLN, an applied research department based at the University of Bath, to the preservation of blogs used in the organisation. The paper covers the technical approaches and policy issues associated with the curation of blogs a number of different types of blogs: blogs used by members of staff in the department; blogs used to support project activities and blogs used to support events.

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    ABSTRACT: Web archiving is the process of collecting and preserving web content in an archive for current and future generations. One of the key issues in web archiving is that not all websites can be archived correctly due to various issues that arise from the use of different technologies, standards and implementation practices. Nevertheless, one of the common denominators of current websites is that they are implemented using a Web Content Management System (WCMS). We evaluate the Website Archivability (WA) of the most prevalent WCMSs. We investigate the extent to which each WCMS meets the conditions for a safe transfer of their content to a web archive for preservation purposes, and thus identify their strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, we deduce specific recommendations to improve the WA of each WCMS, aiming to advance the general practice of web data extraction and archiving.
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