The pitch - "Creating a toolkit/process for collaborative, grassroots self-archiving of significant, small BC websites using DIY tools"

The problem - Small site approaches us; we have developed a collection of resources of signifigance to people doing aboriginal law in BC. Our lead person is retiring. We will not be running the service any longer, have no more budget, but we would like the files on our small website to remain available?

Possible Solutions
- leave the site where it is. Pros - urls work, already indexed and known. Cons - cost to maintain server & domain name.
- rely on the internet archive. Pros - no cost Cons - the default wayback machine provides inconsistent coverage and may not have archived the whole site. Not found at original URL.

So....

Is there a case for self-service archiving of small but significant websites in BC?

Who should do this? (e.g. is it the same for all sectors?)
Why do this separate from the existing large scale archiving projects that exist already?

What could this look like?

Does it need all of these aspects? http://netpreserve.org/web-archiving-chain
  • Acquisition
  • Focused selection and verification
  • Collection storage and maintenance
  • Access and finding aids

Is it possible to make this as self-serve as possible?

Links & Resources


wget -r --no-parent -w 2 --limit-rate=20k --warc-file"at" http://yoursitehere