The B.C. History Digitization Program (BCHDP) is now accepting submissions for project funding. The program, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available.

The BCHDP will be accepting applications for 2019 – 2020. Applicants can receive up to $15,000 of matching funds for their projects. Multi-year projects are accepted while each year of a project must still go through the adjudication process.

In 2018, the program awarded more than $170,000 for 18 projects. The wealth and diversity of unique British Columbia content to be digitized is impressive. Since its inception in 2006, the BCHDP has awarded more than $2 million of matching funds for more than 240 projects.

Applications are due by Monday, December 17, 2018. Information about the application process as well as the guidelines and application form are available on the BCHDP website @ https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/bchdp-applicant-information/

For more information about the program and to view past projects, please visit the BCHDP website @ https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/

LAW LIBRARY level 3: E78.C2 C68 2018
Thomas J. Courchene, Indigenous Nationals, Canadian Citizens: From First Contact to Canada 150 and Beyond (Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K2146 .R47 2018
Tania Sourdin & Archi Zariski, eds., The Responsive Judge: International Perspectives (Singapore: Springer, 2018).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=9271838

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE919 .E53 2018
Cynthia L. Elderkin & Julia S. Shin Doi, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements, 4th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE2919 .P47 2018
Stephen J. Perry & T. Andrew Currier, Canadian Patent Law, 3d ed. (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE7709 .R84 2019
Jonathan Rudin, Indigenous People and the Criminal Justice System: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Toronto: Emond, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KIE19 .I53 2018
Donald L. Fixico, ed., Indian Treaties in the United States: An Encyclopedia and Documents Collection (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ3670 .Y66 2017
Yŏngt’o haeyang kukche p’allye yŏn’gu,
영토 해양 국제 판례 연구, 독도 연구소 편.
(Sŏul T’ŭkpyŏlsi : Pagyŏngsa, 2017).
(서울 특별시 : 박영사, 2017).

This is a series on web archiving at the UBC Library. For all posts about web archiving, please see https://digitize.library.ubc.ca/tag/web-archiving/

The Digital Initiatives unit at UBC Library offers an opportunity every term for students to have a Professional Experience project in web archiving. During the Summer of 2018, I had the chance to work with them in the web archiving initiatives.

The Professional Experience was great in many ways. I had the opportunity to learn about web archiving, from understanding its importance to performing quality assurance on crawled web pages. During the term, I focused on creating a web archiving collection of sites related to Marijuana Legalization in Canada, and more specifically in British Columbia. The collection will enable people to access web content that was created, like awareness campaigns, and also see different perspectives about the topic.

 

Why web archiving?

Developing a working knowledge of web archiving seemed like a great opportunity. New data and content are posted to the internet every day and a great portion of it is made of information with a short life cycle—social media and news, for example.

Along with the massive production of information, there is also information loss. Websites, web pages, and links just stop working, because someone decided that the information was no longer useful or the content was moved from one site to another. Web archiving is an alternative to prevent information loss. Archiving websites and webpages uses a process that involves information curation, copyright, crawling the web, quality assurance and a lot of troubleshooting.

 

Application

Web archiving initiatives are growing. Not only are academic and public libraries investing in web archiving, but companies and cities are as well. Libraries have created collections to serve different purposes and preserve information on specific topics like institutional memory, elections, natural disasters, landmark laws, politics, educational purposes, and more.

Companies that use web archiving services tend to do so for two main reasons: competitiveness and litigation purposes. For example, a company may want to avoid or create legal processes, based on what is on the internet, or to save statements and information released about a competitor.

As a future librarian, I perceive several opportunities with web archiving, due to the profile of our profession. In general, librarians are experts when it comes to monitoring information, content curation, metadata, users’ needs, copyright, and technology. Those are some of the skills and knowledge needed to work with web archiving in the mentioned contexts.

In turn, web archives are a useful tool for librarians as they can help in many ways, for example:

  • Reducing the amount of work needed to update broken links on Research Guides
  • Making it easier to find new resources to substitute ones that are no longer available for access
  • Ensuring access to great resources on the web, without worrying if they will still be available
  • Registering information that is easily lost, like social media and news

 

Challenges

While web archiving is full of opportunities, it is also full of challenges. The main ones in working with web archiving are:

  • To perform quality assurance (QA): sometimes web crawlers have problems collecting information from websites with interactive content, for example. Figuring out how to scope and define rules for crawling in order to properly display web pages may be challenging sometimes.
  • To find a balance between archiving content and data loads: finding the ideal scope and rules helps to find the balance but is not everything. Decision making is required to find the balance between how much of data will be saved (meaning how much will be invested) and archiving the website/web page (how much content should be web archived) is another challenge.

 

Recommendations

A Professional Experience in web archiving is an excellent opportunity to learn about the topic, have a hands-on experience, work with professionals from the field and strengthen your resume. The position will enable you not only to learn about web archiving, but also to exercise and improve your skills related to time and project management, reporting, and to work autonomously.

If you are interested in getting to know more about web archiving, then check the resources:

 

Written by Paula Arasaki, MLIS student at UBC

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