|Introduction by OpenMethods Editor (Joris van Zundert): With Web archives becoming an increasingly more important resource for (humanities) researchers, it also becomes paramount to investigate and understand the ways in which such archives are being built and how to make the processes involved transparent. Emily Maemura, Nicholas Worby, Ian Milligan, and Christoph Becker report on the comparison of three use cases and suggest a framework to document Web archive provenance. (Pre-print of the article that appeared in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology).
By comparing how three different web archives collections were created and documented, we investigate how curatorial decisions interact with technical and external factors and we compare commonalities and differences.
The findings reveal the need to understand both the social and technical context that shapes those decisions and the ways in which these individual decisions interact.
Source: If These Crawls Could Talk: Studying and Documenting Web Archives Provenance