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Collaborative Collection Development with Cobweb 

  • Author(s): Stine, Kathryn
  • Abrams, Stephen
  • et al.

The demands of archiving the web in comprehensive breadth or thematic depth easily exceed the capacity of any single institution.  To ensure that the limited resources of a given archival program are deployed most effectively, it is important that its curators know something about the collection development priorities and holdings of other, similarly-engaged institutions.  Cobweb,, will meet this need by supporting three key functions: nominating, claiming, and holdings.  The nomination function will let curators and stakeholders suggest web sites pertinent to specific thematic areas and provide seed-level descriptive metadata; the claiming function will allow archival programs to indicate an intention to capture some subset of nominated sites; and the holdings function will allow programs to document captured sites along with their collection-level description, structural and temporal scope, preservation policies, and terms of use.  Cobweb is a collaborative project of the CDL, Harvard University, and UCLA.  This presentation provides an update on project activities, as of July 2017.

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