[Humanist] 24.94 archiving digital scholarship

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Tue Jun 8 10:55:41 CEST 2010

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 94.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2010 16:09:59 -0500
        From: Alan Corre <corre at uwm.edu>
        Subject: Humanist 24.82 reviewing digital scholarship

I recently received an email from the Library of Congress requesting 
permission to "collect" my web site on Lingua Franca and place it in its 
historic collections of Internet materials. I responded positively to 
this request. I was not previously aware of this activity, namely the 
collection of "born-digital" materials. I will append the letter I 
received, omitting only some technical details about giving the 
permission. Further information may be found at 
http://www.loc.gov/webarchiving/. I started my Lingua Franca site 
shortly after my university made access to the web available to faculty 
members and students. I published there some of my own researches, and 
found that others started to offer me contributions, with the result 
that the site gradually grew to its present size, and is still 
increasing. I am grateful for the opportunity to have these materials 
perpetuated, since I long feared that on my death someone at the 
computer center would push a button and blow the whole thing away. One 
wonders how they manage to find and evaluate appropriate materials among 
the billions of web sites that exist, but I certainly appreciate their 

Alan D. Corre
Emeritus Professor of Hebrew Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


[copy, slightly abridged]

The United States Library of Congress has selected your Web site for 
inclusion in its historic collections of Internet materials. The 
Library's traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and 
serving collection materials of historical importance to the Congress 
and to the American people to foster education and scholarship, extend 
to digital materials, including Web sites. We request your permission to 
collect your web site and add it to the Library's research collections. 
The following URL has been selected:


With your permission, the Library of Congress or its agent will engage 
in the collection of content from your Web site at regular intervals 
over time and make this collection available to researchers both onsite 
at Library facilities and though the Library's public Web site 
http://www.loc.gov/webarchiving/. The Library hopes that you share its 
vision of preserving Internet materials and permitting researchers from 
across the world to access them.

Our Web Archives are important because they contribute to the historical 
record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the 
growing role of the Web as an influential medium, records of historic 
events could be considered incomplete without materials that were "born 
digital" and never printed on paper. For more information about these 
Web Archive collections, please visit our Web site 
If you have questions, comments or recommendations concerning the web 
archiving of your site please e-mail the Library's Web Archiving team at 
webcapture at loc.gov at your earliest convenience. Thank You.

Web Archiving Team
webcapture at loc.gov
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20540

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