The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has issued a call to the people of Offaly to nominate websites which they believe best record Irish life in 2016 and remember the events of 1916.
‘Remembering 1916, Recording 2016’ is the NLI’s largest web archiving project to date and is part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The project is part of NLI 2016, the commemorative programme in the National Library, and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
The NLI has been carrying out selective and thematic web archiving since 2011, aimed at ensuring a permanent record is kept of websites of cultural and historical importance.
Announcing the public call, Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the NLI said: “With this public call we are asking everyone to think about the best Irish websites of 2016, because websites are an increasingly important source of information today. We want everyone to vote so that we can archive these modern Irish memories for now and for future generations to share.
“In 2016 we embarked on our most ambitious web archiving programme, capturing over 600 websites in total, which will all be openly accessible online, to anywhere in the world. This is an important part of our collecting programme, where we capture the contemporary memory of our country. Nowadays much of the story of Ireland is created in digital format, and it is our role to collect Ireland’s contemporary culture in the many different forms it takes. We are collecting 2016 materials from across the country and now we are asking the people of Offaly to help us with the ‘Remembering 1916, Recording 2016’ national web archive collection.”
The NLI has issued a call to members of the public to nominate websites for the ‘Remembering 1916, Recording 2016’ web archive collection by answering the following questions:
· What website do you feel best remembers the events of 1916?
· What website do you feel best records Irish life in 2016?
Members of the public can nominate websites here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r /8CCV93P.
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD commented: “This year’s commemorations have shown us very clearly the value of keeping archives and records of the past. The National Library plays a fundamental role in helping us to connect and remember our past.
“Today, our daily lives are increasingly spent online and the onus is on us to ensure that digitally shared information is preserved for future generations. The National Library is leading the way in digital collecting and delivery, which it has identified as one of its strategic priorities for the next five years. I welcome this public call for submissions to the ‘Remembering 1916, Recording 2016’ web archive collection and encourage everybody to nominate the websites they would like to see archived for the future.”
The top five websites chosen in each category for ‘Remembering 1916, Recording 2016’ will be selected, in accordance with the terms and conditions.
Nominations will be accepted for a period of three weeks, closing on Monday, 28th November. An independent assessor will verify the decision making, as outlined in the terms and conditions. An awards ceremony will take place in December 2016 to announce the ten websites independently nominated by members of the public.
Once the top ten websites have been identified and selected by the public, the NLI will contact the website owners directly to let them know of the public interest in archiving their website. Working with its web-archiving partner, the Internet Memory Foundation, the NLI will then capture and preserve the relevant website.
For more information, visit www.nli.ie.