Saving Government Webpages at End of Term Harvest

In tandem with the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature last week, New York Academy of Medicine hosted End of Term Harvest, a community-based web archiving project to preserve executive branch web pages.

There is no mandate for the Executive Branch of the United State government to retain the information they share online, a particularly worrisome prospect given the shift in policy that the next inauguration will bring. To close this gap, 10 volunteers joined together last Thursday to nominate pages for preservation. 

We're proud to say that this event was featured in the New York Times, and given the widespread interest we heard as a result, a second End of Term Harvest Event has been scheduled. 


Join the End of Term Harvest Event on December 13
Please join next Tuesday for End of Term Harvest. Debbie Rabina, Professor at Pratt Institute School of Information, will provide an overview and demo the process of nominating websites. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
10:00 AM until 1:00 PM

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029

Space is limited. To register please contact greylithelp [at] nyam [dot] org.


Nominate Executive Branch Documents
If you aren't able to join the next End of Term Harvest event, please consider nominating pages on your own or with friends.

Per the project's website, government document experts, subject experts, and any others interested in helping identify U.S. Federal Government websites for collection and preservation. Basic steps are as follows:

  • Identify government-provided content that is not legally required to be preserved. End of Term Harvest organizers have requested assistance with the following:
    • Judicial Branch websites
    • Important content or subdomains on very large websites (such as NASA.gov) that might be related to current Presidential policies
  • Check to see if it has already been nominated at http://digital2.library.unt.edu/nomination/eth2016/.

  • If the page has not already beed nominated, please do so at http://digital2.library.unt.edu/nomination/eth2016/add/. Basic metadata, like the URL, the title of the page, and agency information, can be included.

A few tips: Use this A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies to identify agency pages to nominate. Nominate subpages of your chosen domain; going deeper into a website will help the entire site be preserved. Finally, please focus on web properities owned by the Federal government; state and local pages are out of scope.

This project is a partnership among California Digital Library (CDL), Internet Archive (IA), Library of Congress (LOC), University of North Texas Libraries (UNT) and U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).