Web Archiving Strategy Project

The Web Archiving Strategy Project (WASP) was initiated by Records & Information and began life as the Web Archiving Working Group in 2002 to support the capture and preservation of web records.

Project aim

WASP was tasked with developing a formal web archiving program for the University.


The project ran from 2003 to 2007.


The University creates a large volume of web records which must be captured and preserved to provide evidence of University decisionmaking and communications. Developing a formal web archiving program would allow for a structured and consistent approach to archiving website records.


The project was run in three stages to successfully establish a Website Archiving Program by:

  • Researching and developing a Web Archiving Policy
  • Piloting software solutions (such as PageVault, TRIM and Pandas)
  • Implementing a Technical Web Archiving Solution. In 2007 a business case was developed, which led to the purchase of a subscription to the Archive-It web application from the Internet Archive.


As a result of the project, in 2009, the University's newly established Web Archiving Program was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in the large government agency category of the Sir Rupert Hamer Records Management Awards.

The awards are administered by Public Record Office Victoria in recognition of recordkeeping excellence and innovation in the Victorian public sector.