The National Library collects and preserves the Luxembourg web as part of our digital heritage
A common misconception is that the contents of the Internet will stay available for eternity. In reality, 80 % of all websites will no longer be available in the same form, or have completely disappeared within a year. Moreover 10 % of all social media contents are lost every year, showing that the web is not only changing at a rapid pace, but is also short-lived.
A unique source of information
The web is a unique source of information.
With the growing emphasis on digitalization in all aspects of society, more and more information is solely published online, making its distribution and accessibility faster and easier. On the other hand, the lack of physical copies of publications accentuates the dangers of data loss. Relevant information, discussions and data that are not printed or preserved in any other shape or form could be lost, depriving future generations of the sources of knowledge available to us today.
The reflection of a diverse society
From its conception, the Internet has always been centered around a culture of exchange, communication and an open, participatory approach to making information available to everyone. The convenience of using and contributing content on the web, as well as more recent developments such as social media, are adding to the concept of the Internet as an all-encompassing universe, reflecting all facets of society and cultures in the world. All the more reason to preserve a piece of this universe, by archiving the Luxembourg web – not only to ensure the availability of websites, but also to provide a means of analyzing the importance and influence of society on the Internet and vice versa.
The National Library of Luxembourg is open to all, presenting its patrimonial collections on a national and international level. Empowering scientific research and facilitating the access to information, the National Library is a pillar of the knowledge society. As a patrimonial library, the BnL collects, preserves and catalogues all publications issued in Luxembourg, as well as foreign publications in relation with the Grand-Duchy. The National Library aims to drive innovation in new technologies and library management as an academic and scientific library. This assignment not only covers printed media, but also digital publications of all kind, including the Luxembourg web.
As a component of the digital legal deposit, harvesting the web ensures the long term access to the contents of the Internet which are publicly available. Overall, the LWA operates in an inclusive, rather than exclusive collection policy, in the sense that the legal deposit applies to Luxembourg publishers, which the BnL interprets as:
All websites in the “.lu” top level domain
Websites published in Luxembourg
Websites hosted on servers in Luxembourg
Websites published by non-resident Luxembourg citizens or websites in relation with Luxembourg
Although these websites are not part of the Luxembourg legal deposit, the National Library might choose to include websites that are relevant to the national digital heritage.
As it is the case for all national web archives, this mandate does not translate to an obligation of completeness, due to the extent and feasibility of these tasks. The legal deposit for paper obliges publishers to hand in their publications to the National Library. In the case of websites, the obligation for publishers is fulfilled if the BnL is able to access and harvest their websites.
We made the news! Here are some articles about the Luxembourg Web Archive (some of which we wrote ourselves).
The Luxembourg Web Archive – Coronavirus Response
// 23. 06. 2020
Nationalbibliothéik sicht Informatiounen iwwer Covid19 am Internet // 04. 04. 2020RTL
Konferenz “Content at risk” an der Nationalbibliothéik
// 25. 02. 2020
Das Web ist viel vergänglicher als andere Medien
// January 2020
RADIO 100,7 INTERVIEW
BNL sammelt elo och Websäiten
// 09. 01. 2020
Capturing the Luxembourg Elections
// 14. 05. 2019
Exploring special web archive collections related to COVID-19
// 15. 09. 2020
Celebrating 2020’s Digital Preservation accomplishments at the National Library of Luxembourg
// 05. 11. 2020
Collaborative collecting at webarchive.lu
The 2021 Web Archiving Conference in Luxembourg
Ingesting Web archives into Digital preservation systems
RADIO 100,7 INTERVIEW
Mois des archives: Web Archive
LUXEMBURGER WORT ARTICLE
Participate and contribute
Saving websites is not only a service to the general public but a service to site owners in the first place. If you have a website or contribute content in any form, let us know about it. If you see a website you think should be saved for the future, tell us about it. Using the form linked below will take less than a minute and improve the services of the Luxembourg Web Archive for everyone.