Human Rights Web Archive

Human Rights Web Archive is a project of Columbia University Libraries to preserve copies of websites that provide important resources about human rights. Although an enormous quantity of valuable information is available via the Internet, much of that information disappears every day as websites are taken down or altered. Columbia University Libraries has partnered with the Internet Archive’s service Archive-It (reviewed in InSITE vol. 15, no. 13) to create preservation copies of websites with significant value to the study and promotion of human rights. Examples of sites archived by the project include the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, and Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism. Selected websites are crawled and copied 2-4 times per year. The search function searches the full text of the archived websites. Advanced search is available by clicking on the link to the Internet Archive Project Site. You can also view the list of archived sites on the Internet Archive Project Site page. A brief annotation accompanies most of the listed sites. The list of websites functions as a catalog of important human rights websites and organizations. At publication date Columbia had archived more than 210 sites related to human rights. The Archive welcomes nominations of sites for inclusion, especially from NGOs that wish to nominate their own sites. Columbia archives only publicly available Web pages for this project.

Federal Register 2.0 Beta to Launch Today

According to the National Archives’ official press release FR 2.0 Beta will go live today at to gather public feedback. It will remain an unofficial informational resource until the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register issues a regulation granting it official legal status. That may occur in 2011. One of the objectives of this unofficial XML prototype is to test the idea of freeing the Federal Register from its print-based structure while providing official PDFs for authentication. From the press release:
FR 2.0 uses the bulk XML from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) to present regulatory material in new configurations. The applications on the site are built from open source code, which will be returned to the open source community for unrestricted use in other applications.