Election 2012 Collaborative Web Archive Collection is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress, the California Digital Library, the University of North Texas Libraries, the Internet Archive and Harvard Library to collect and preserve web sites related to the United States 2012 election campaign.
To capture this important historical record, partners will focus on collecting in areas of particular interest at their institution and will call upon specialists to select and prioritize the web sites to be included. The Library of Congress will focus on collecting official campaign sites produced by presidential, congressional and gubernatorial candidates and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Library & Knowledge Services will focus on websites that are produced by non-profit organizations, academic institutions, fact checking organizations and some individuals, including blogs. Nominations for the collection of particular web sites will be managed using tools designed at the University of North Texas and the Library of Congress. The Internet Archive will crawl and collect the web sites using software initially developed at the Internet Archive and now collaboratively maintained and developed by the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC).
This collaboration is an outgrowth of an earlier project that partnered the Library of Congress, the California Digital Library, the University of North Texas Libraries and the Internet Archive to document government web sites at the end of the presidential administration in January 2009 – the End-of-Term project. The partners are continuing their work through a 2012 End-of-Term project. In addition, Harvard Library joined them in 2010 to work on documenting the 2012 presidential campaign.
For more information about:
International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
University of North Texas Libraries
Web Archiving at Library of Congress
Web Archiving at California Digital Library
Web Archiving at Harvard University