What will you find in the Web Site Archives?
The North Carolina State Government Web Site Archives (WSA) is composed of web sites created by North Carolina’s state agencies. The WSA currently contains archived web sites back to 1996, and it is updated on an ongoing basis. These sites may be viewed for free by all users. In the WSA you can find things like historically significant photographs and videos; Boards and Commissions meeting minutes; publications that were only available on the Web; and governmental policies.
The North Carolina State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina, divisions within the Department of Cultural Resources, operate with legislative mandates to preserve state government information and make it accessible to the citizens of North Carolina (G.S. 121-2, G.S. 125-11.5 - 11.13, G.S. 132-1b). The North Carolina State Government Web Site Archives (WSA) is a joint project in which the Archives and Library are working together to fulfill these mandates in the dynamic new world of digital information.
Our Web Archiving Program: History and Procedures
In the fall of 2005, The Internet Archive began pilot testing their subscription service, Archive-It, which allows institutions to build, manage and search their own unique web archives. The North Carolina State Archives and the State Library of North Carolina participated in this testing as pilot partners. Participation in this pilot led to an annual subscription and the creation of well documented standards, procedures, and guidelines to support this program.