TitreWeb Archives for Researchers: Representations, Expectations and Potential Uses
Type de publicationArticle de revue
Année de publication2012
AuteursPeter Stirling, Philippe Chevallier, Gildas Illien
JournalD-Lib Magazine
Volume18
Numéro3/4
Pagination1
Date de publication2012/03
Résumé

The Internet has been covered by legal deposit legislation in France since 2006, making web archiving one of the missions of the Bibliothèque nationale de France ({BnF).} Access to the web archives has been provided in the library on an experimental basis since 2008. In the context of increasing interest in many countries in web archiving and how it may best serve the needs of researchers, especially in the expanding field of Internet studies for social sciences, a qualitative study was performed, based on interviews with potential users of the web archives held at the {BnF}, and particularly researchers working in various areas related to the Internet. The study aimed to explore their needs in terms of both content and services, and also to analyse different ways of representing the archives, in order to identify ways of increasing their use. While the interest of maintaining the "memory" of the web is obvious to the researchers, they are faced with the difficulty of defining, in what is a seemingly limitless space, meaningful collections of documents. Cultural heritage institutions such as national libraries are perceived as trusted third parties capable of creating rationally-constructed and well-documented collections, but such archives raise certain ethical and methodological questions.

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web archives for researchers representations expectations and potential uses dlib magazine 201203 pthe internet has been covered by legal deposit legislation in france since 2006 making web archiving one of the missions of the bibliotheque nationale de france bnf access to the web archives has been provided in the library on an experimental basis since 2008 in the context of increasing interest in many countries in web archiving and how it may best serve the needs of researchers especially in the expanding field of internet studies for social sciences a qualitative study was performed based on interviews with potential users of the web archives held at the bnf and particularly researchers working in various areas related to the internet the study aimed to explore their needs in terms of both content and services and also to analyse different ways of representing the archives in order to identify ways of increasing their use while the interest of maintaining the memory of the web is obvious to the researchers they are faced with the difficulty of defining in what is a seemingly limitless space meaningful collections of documents cultural heritage institutions such as national libraries are perceived as trusted third parties capable of creating rationallyconstructed and welldocumented collections but such archives raise certain ethical and methodological questionsp httpwwwdliborgdlibmarch12stirling03stirlinghtml 18 peter stirling philippe chevallier gildas illien
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