[LINK] FW: FW: Australia's online history 'facing extinction'

Paul Koerbin pkoerbin at nla.gov.au
Thu May 7 17:36:46 AEST 2009

In time we will do what we can to open access. Currently, we don't have the legal warrant to do so. It was my my rather curt statement in justification of the small but accessible PANDORA Archive. Crawling large amounts of content has its value, and we have obviously taken the opportunity to do so, but it comes with all sorts of problems, not the least of which is how to make it accessible. There are copyright problems and the fact that crawling a domain means we will no doubt have picked up all manner of material. To make that available, without knowing precisely what we have collected (in terms of the nature and specifics of the content) is also problematic. We would hope, in the first instance to make government material available; and perhaps in due course material we have permission for or may assume permissison based on Creative Commons licenses etc. Ultimately we would make it all available in some manner or other, otherwise, as you say, there would be no purpose. Point is you can't wait around for all the problems to be resolved before you try and collect the material. The UK, for example, has never done a domain crawl and was pretty slow to get into selective archiving (relying on the NLA's PANDAS system to get them underway a few years back).


From: link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au [link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Jan Whitaker [jwhit at melbpc.org.au]
Sent: Thursday, 7 May 2009 5:17 PM
To: link at anu.edu.au
Subject: Re: [LINK] FW:  Australia's online history 'facing extinction'

At 05:01 PM 7/05/2009, Paul Koerbin wrote:
>Last year we collected 1 billion files from the .au domain amounting
>to around 35 tb of data if memory serves me correct (I'm on leave at
>present). But don't ask to look at it, because you can't.

huh? why not? What's the purpose if no one can see it? Or is it that
only certain people can see it? I dont' get it.


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