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Guide to the Bowdoin College Web Archive, 2017-ongoing

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Title:
Bowdoin College web archive
Creator:
Bowdoin College
Creator:
Bowdoin College. Office of Communications and Public Affairs
ID:
A06.09
Date [inclusive]:
2017-ongoing
Extent:
As of March 2021: 723 Gigabytes
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The web content included in Bowdoin College's web archive (2017-ongoing) is harvested and made accessible through Bowdoin's subscription with the Internet Archive's service, Archive-It. The web archive comprises the official College website (bowdoin.edu), and its subpages and subdomains as well as Bowdoin-managed social media accounts and some video content. Other non-official web content created independently by members of the Bowdoin community, primarily students and student organizations is also archived, including the website of the student newspaper, the Bowdoin Orient.
Conditions Governing Access:

Open access excepting some web pages where content is restricted to the Bowdoin College community.

Terms of Use:

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Use of Digital Collections:

Digital materials may be used for research, educational, and non-commercial purposes without our written permission. For information about publication, visit our policies page or contact scaref@bowdoin.edu.

Accruals:

Web content is added to the Archive through periodic and scheduled crawls. The majority of Bowdoin related websites are crawled quarterly; the Bowdoin College Catalogue is crawled each semester; and the Bowdoin Orient is crawled weekly.

Processing Information:

A variety of choices are involved in the process of capturing Bowdoin's web presence. SC&A staff choose which sites (or "seeds") to crawl, which rules are applied to broaden or narrow the scope of crawls, and which crawling technology is used. The goal of these decisions is to capture the most accurate version of a site without including excessive amounts of data (since the storage budget is limited). Despite that goal, these settings and adjustments to them can nevertheless have an inadvertent, direct impact on what is and is not captured and retained as a part of this web archive. Material that should have been captured may not be, and vice versa.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Bowdoin College Web Archive, George J. Mitchell Deptartment of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

The Bowdoin College web archiving program was implemented in 2017 via a subscription with Archive-It, a service of the Internet Archive using the Wayback Machine technology. Web archiving is administered by the department of Special Collections & Archives with the goal of collecting and preserving web content associated with Bowdoin College, particularly the official College website, as well as selected websites of College affiliated groups and organizations.

The College website platform is managed by the Bowdoin College Office of Communications; web content is overseen by a distributed editor community of staff and faculty across the College.

The web content included in Bowdoin College's web archive (2017-ongoing) is harvested and made accessible through Bowdoin's subscription with the Internet Archive's service, Archive-It. The web archive comprises the official College website (bowdoin.edu), and its subpages and subdomains as well as Bowdoin-managed social media accounts and some video content. Other non-official web content created independently by members of the Bowdoin community, primarily students and student organizations is also archived, including the website of the student newspaper, the Bowdoin Orient. The web archive currently includes six collections: Bowdoin College Website, Bowdoin College Catalogue, Bowdoin College Library, Bowdoin College Athletics, Bowdoin College Social Media, and the Bowdoin Orient.

The Bowdoin website archive is organized into six thematic collections that are accessible via the Archive-It website; each collection includes "seeds" (starting point URLs) that are crawled according to a schedule.

Records relating to the web archive collections listed in this guide may be found in: records of the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, the Bowdoin Orient, the Bowdoin College Library, the Bowdoin College Catalogue, and Bowdoin College Athletics.

Bowdoin College website, 2017-

Bowdoin Orient, 2017-

Bowdoin College Athletics, 2018-

Bowdoin College Library, 2019-

Bowdoin College social media, 2019-

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