Sept. 11 archive preserves 2,500 Web sites

Sept. 11 archive preserves 2,500 Web sites

The Library of Congress, which has drawn occasional fire for ignoring digital documents in favor of paper, has created a Web archive about the events of Sept. 11. Working in collaboration with the Internet Archive, webArchivist.org and a charitable trust, the library selected about 2,500 Web sites to preserve. They were the work of individuals, institutions and the media reacting to the terrorist attacks.

Library staff chose all the sites that appear in the archive, at September11.archive.org. They include press, government, university, corporate, religious and foreign pages, all with thumbnail images and clickable uniform resource locators.

'The criterion for selection was the same as for any links we choose,' spokesman Guy Lamolinara said. 'Our librarians determined their reliability.'

Diane Kresh, the director of public service collections, called the Internet 'as important as print media for documenting these events.'

The library also archived a selection of Web materials for its Election 2000 Collection, at web.archive.org/collections/e2k.html. Unlike that one, the September11.archive.org collection will probably become an ongoing effort, Lamolinara said.

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