Is this for a one-shot project, or will it be ongoing?  For a medium- to
long-term initiative, I would suggest a subscription service like
Archive-It; for a one-time effort, it would make more sense to use
open-source tools like wget to generate a local copy + WARC.  If it's the
latter, I'll be happy to take a look at the page and walk you through the

I'm not really aware of a set of best practices, beyond the usual tenets of
digital preservation (show your work, maintain authenticity, do minimal
harm, document, document, document, etc).  The model I've used in the past
is generating a WARC alongside the access copy (using wget's WARC output),
using that as the preservation master+technical metadata, and hosting the
access copy on a front-facing machine.


On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM, Kari R Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Also, contact the SAA (Society of American Archivists)  Web Archiving
> round table.  Lots of experience and help from that list of folks.
> I'm forwarding your question to that list.
> Kari
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kim, Bohyun <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:26 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Archiving a website - best practices
> I am not up to date with archiving practices. So I may be asking about a
> well-known problem.
> But anyone archiving an old website and if so, what method do you use? We
> are discussing taking screenshots and/or creating a zip file of the whole
> site and uploading to a repository at MPOW. Both seem to have some
> shortcomings.
> Thank you!
> Bohyun