Paris, 5th of February 2008
The European Archive Foundation is thrilled to announce the launch of the Living Web Archives (LiWA) project. The European Archive is one of eight partners collaborating on the three-year project funded by the European Union through the Seventh Research Framework Programme. The Archive has been busy preparing for the project kick-off early this month.
The Living Web Archives project will carry Web archiving beyond the current approach, characterized by static snapshots, to one that fully accounts for the dynamics and interrelations of Web content. Through an ambitious plan of research, the project aims to improve archive fidelity, coherence, and interpretability.
The result of LiWA's work will be a set of next generation Web archiving methods and tools making possible the creation and long-term usability of high-quality Web archives. Aspects of the project's research will focus on improving Web capture fidelity by providing for the capture of the hidden Web and all types of content, including content that is currently difficult to gather, and by filtering out unwanted content through spam and trap detection. Other aspects of the project will address the temporal incoherence inherent in current Web capture methods and tools. The research will also address the rapid semantic and technological evolution of the Web in order to promote the long-term viability of Web archives.
The project lead is the L3S Research Center in Hannover, Germany. The other partners are the Max Planck Institut for Computer Science in Saarbrücken, Germany; the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary; the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision in Hilversum, The Netherlands; Hanzo Archives Limited in London, England; the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague, the Czech Republic; and the Moravian Library in Kounicova, the Czech Republic.
For more information on Living Web Archives, please visit: http://www.liwa-project.eu/index.html