MLIS/MA Art History Candidate, Pratt Institute
2020-21 Web Archiving Fellow, Frick Art Reference Library
While a growing community of scholars use web archives, they remain under-utilized compared with other digital collections. Particularly for art-related materials, web archives may benefit from display and organization similar to digital repositories of visually rich objects. This talk describes an exploratory use case of newly available open-source tools allowing for such an approach: the digital repository software Archipelago (under development by the Metropolitan New York Library Council) and the Replay.web tool by the Webrecorder project. Summarizing an ingest process of selected websites from the New York Art Resources Consortium’s collections, the talk will consider strategies in treating web archives (both literally and from a UI standpoint) as discrete digital objects, and the implications of directly integrating replay into objects’ pages. The talk will illustrate how these tools and conceptual possibilities are ongoingly derived from community-driven, collaborative processes with open-source methods and goals.