Last week I was moaning about the Department of Internal Affairs processes harvesting our site and causing excessive CPU loads. What annoyed me more than anything else was that the webpage listed was invalid. Normally, I’d have just killed access for the processes to the site as they’re usually spambots. But for a NZ government department I simply redirected all access back to their missing page.
The process turned out to be benign. It was the National Library harvesting websites in the .nz domain for archiving. I was contacted by Gillian Lee, the Electronic Publications Librarian at the Alexander Turnbull Library. This is part of the National Library of New Zealand (which has recently been stuffed back into the DIA*).
But archiving websites is a bloody good idea because the public debate and emerging history of NZ society is shifting more and more into these electronic media. So I asked about one of those political blogs that disappeared from the blogosphere. This was part of the e-mail in response 🙂
FYI we did archive kiwiblogblog a couple of times in 2008 for the general elections and we picked up the complete site, which means content dating back to September 2007 has been captured. The comments were also captured, but not the tags or external links that point to other websites. Those particular websites would have each been archived separately if they were New Zealand blogs.
Archived websites can be viewed via a “link to archived copy” in the catalogue record in the National Library catalogue
So it didn’t disappear unlike some other sites recently. You can use the link or here it is in a frame…
I tried SodBlog, but it doesn’t look like it was captured… Probably a wise thing.
* The National Library has recently been stuffed back into the DIA – something that appears to me to be wrong-headed, silly, and likely to revert the National Library back into the daft heritage losing idiocies that they had under the last national government.