A global approach to a global resource:
: an investigation into the archiving of web 2.0 records around the world

  • Ruth Kusionowicz

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Economic and Social Studies


The purpose of this dissertation was to explore how different countries are approaching archiving Web 2.0 records and to ascertain if a global approach would be appropriate or practical. Archives that capture and preserve web-based material from three different countries were approached. Data was collected by analysing their policy documents and conducting semi-structured interviews by email. The results showed that there were no significant differences in the approaches and attitudes of different countries when archiving Web 2.0 records. Participants agreed on the lack of direct influence of society on appraisal decisions, the potential of Web 2.0 records for new types of researchers, and the need to engage with creators of Web 2.0 software and records to enable these resources to be archived successfully. All participants expressed concerns with various technical and practical issues, but didn’t see these as complete barriers to archiving web-based material. Legislation and legal issues were regarded as less of an active concern by respondents than was expected. Collaboration and cooperation was a recurrent theme and played a role in various stages and areas of archiving Web 2.0 records. It was concluded that the different archival traditions of various countries would not cause a problem in establishing collaborative practices, and that a global approach to archiving Web 2.0 records would not only be possible, but would actively be encouraged and embraced by institutions
Date of Award2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorKirsten Ferguson-Boucher (Supervisor)

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