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The End of Wisdom? by David Baker, Wendy Evans

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Chapter 23

Webraries and Web Archives – The Web Between Public and Private

Niels Brügger     Centre for Internet Studies and NetLab, Aarhus University, Denmark

Abstract

Since the mid 1990s the World Wide Web – or simply: the Web – has become a cornerstone in our communicative infrastructure, and large portions of our individual and societal lives cannot be fully understood without adding the Web to the equation. However, the Web disappears at an unprecedented pace compared to other media types which is why national Web archives have been established to collect and preserve this part of the cultural heritage. But the term ‘Web archive’ obscures that, by and large, Web archives are not strictly speaking archives, but rather libraries, since they preserve ...

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