Web Archiving Program FAQs

Got a question about the web archiving program? Find an answer here.

  • Is Archive-It the only place where University of Melbourne web pages are archived?

    Collecting publicly accessible web content for a variety of purposes is undertaken by a number of external agencies. It should be noted that in all cases, The University of Melbourne exercises little if any control over the behaviour of these organisations, and is not responsible for their information management policies and procedures, or the availability of their services.

    Internet Archive

    The Internet Archive is a large digital library and the global centre of expertise in web content archiving. To find University of Melbourne content that is stored at the Internet Archive, simply use the URL of interest as a search term, e.g.http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.unimelb.edu.au. Alternatively, use the Wayback Machine athttp://wayback.archive.orgto locate content of interest.

    Google Cache

    Google collects and stores web content for relatively short periods (~100 days). To find University of Melbourne content that is stored in the Google Cache, simply use the following query string: cache:www.unimelb.edu.au (or replace the www.unimelb.edu.au with the URL of your own choosing).  Google also integrates a cached view with default search results, search for the URL of interest using Google (www.google.com) and then from the result set, next to the URL, click on the green down arrow and select the 'Cached' link.

    Yahoo Cache

    Similarly to Google, Yahoo also provides access to a cache of web content. Yahoo does not offer a basic API to its cache, so in order to view cached content, use the main Yahoo search site (www.yahoo.com) to search for the URL of interest (eg http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=www.unimelb.edu.au) and then select the 'Cached' link under the results.

    National Library of Australia PANDORA Web Archive

    The National Library of Australia supports a web archiving service called PANDORA. PANDORA is specifically targeted at content of Australian cultural and social significance - as a high profile educational institution, The University of Melbourne contributes some content to PANDORA collections.

    To find University of Melbourne content that is stored in PANDORA, you can use the PANDORA search interface at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/.

    Searching the PANDORA Archive is now performed by the National Library's Trove discovery service.

  • How do I start searching for University of Melbourne collections on Archive-It?

    Go to the Search page.

  • Does Archive-It capture the date and time when a web page is updated?

    No. Archive-It only takes snapshots of web pages over a period of time. However these snapshorts can be scheduled to occur just before and just after changes have occurred. While this does not show exactly when a change occurred, it will capture the change itself. Alternatively, web site changes could be coordinated to coincide with the regular capture of web pages.