[CODATA-international] Fwd: The Race to Archive the Ukrainian Internet

Merc Fox ceds at arizona.edu
Thu Mar 24 15:32:38 EDT 2022

Fans of the Internet Archive and Wayback Machine who want to support
Ukraine through citizen science can find information and tools below.
Volunteers are needed to preserve websites, gather URLs, perform archiving
operations, and improve metadata.

Right now the Internet Archive is working with our partners to ensure that
the Ukrainian Internet is preserved in the midst of an ongoing crisis.

*The Race to Archive the Ukrainian Internet*

In times of war, preservation is more critical than ever—cultural
artifacts, historical collections, and important records are often targeted
and erased. Since Russia invaded Ukraine last month, the Internet Archive
has been a crucial member of the effort
to preserve Ukrainian websites, datasets, and digital resources before
they're lost forever.

We sometimes think of the internet as independent of the physical world,
but data centers, routers, and cable networks are just as vulnerable to
wartime destruction as a bridge or a road would be. Additionally, digital
infrastructure can face other challenges ranging from electricity loss to
advanced cyberattacks. Right now, more than a thousand volunteers from
around the world are working to protect Ukrainian materials from these

*Archive Team*

One major effort is being run by Archive Team
a loose collective of archivists, activists, and programmers who capture a
variety of online materials and store them in the Internet Archive. Archive
Team is running three major projects to capture the Ukrainian Internet. The
first is an undirected crawl on URLs ending in ".ua", which ranges across
as much of the Ukrainian web as possible in the hopes of quickly gathering
a wide variety of materials. This approach has the advantage of breadth,
but sacrifices depth; complete copies may not be captured for every
targeted site. The second project, however, selects a few specific sites to
archive in their entirety–including government webpages, educational sites,
and institutions that include digital archives and digital libraries. These
sites are captured in-depth to ensure that as much is archived as possible.
Finally, the third project is focused on journalism, relying on Ukrainian
news aggregators to gather tens of millions of Ukrainian articles, creating
a comprehensive, real-time record of how the invasion is unfolding.


Another effort to preserve crucial resources is Saving Ukrainian Cultural
Heritage Online, or SUCHO
Coordinated online and through Slack, the volunteers are using a variety of
web archiving tools
including the Wayback Machine, to capture web sites, open access journals,
music, and other digital materials documenting Ukrainian cultural heritage.
Many of these materials are now publicly available in the Internet Archive
if you’d like to learn more then check out this blog post about our support

*Take Action*

How can you help the effort to protect these vital resources? Right now
SUCHO is seeking more volunteers to help gather URLs, perform archiving
operations, and improve metadata. They’re especially looking for people who
speak Russian/Ukrainian or have coding skills–you can learn more here

Another way to help is simply by using the Wayback Machine to preserve
websites you may be concerned about. With the Save Page Now
feature, anyone can submit URLs to be archived; if you’re logged in with an
Internet Archive account, you can also select “Outlinks” to capture any
pages that link to the page you’ve selected. And if you have the Wayback
Machine browser extension, you can take a snapshot without having to leave
the page–here’s the add-on for Chrome
for Safari
for Firefox
and for Microsoft Edge
If you see something, save something!

Last but not least, you can make a difference by donating to the Internet
rely on contributions from individuals like you to fund our infrastructure,
develop archiving tools, and purchase servers where cultural artifacts can
be stored in perpetuity. Your generosity will help us continue to promote
the work of preservation around the world.

Thank you for your support.

-The Internet Archive Team

*If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Internet
Archive, we would greatly appreciate your support. You can help out by
visiting archive.org/donate
by texting ARCHIVE to 44321. Thank you for helping us provide Universal
Access To All Knowledge. *
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