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Abstract

The OCLC Research Library Partnership Web Archiving Metadata Working Group was established to meet a widely recognized need for best practices for descriptive metadata for archived websites. The Working Group recognizes that development of successful best practices intended to ensure discoverability requires an understanding of user needs and behavior. We have therefore conducted an extensive literature review to build our knowledge and will issue a white paper summarizing what we have learned. We are also studying existing and emerging approaches to descriptive metadata in this realm and will publish a second report recommending best practices. We will seek broad community input prior to publication.

Author Biography

Jackie Dooley is Program Officer at OCLC Research, where she leads projects to inform and improve archival practice, particularly in the born-digital realm. She is the primary convener of the Working Group. Karen Stoll Farrell is the Librarian for South and Southeast Asian Studies and the Head of the Area Studies Department at Indiana University Libraries. She coordinates a departmental Web archiving project and is actively building Web archive collections. Tammi Kim is a Special Collections Technical Services Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she focuses on accessioning and Web archiving. Jessica Venlet is the Assistant University Archivist for Digital Records and Records Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries, where she leads the acquisition and management of digital records and coordinates the special collections Web archiving program.

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