The Acquisition of Czech Web Resources

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Since human knowledge has become today an intrinsic part of the online space, an important question has emerged in relation to its preservation for future generations. Given that electronic documents hold the contemporary cultural heritage, the web archives, which seek to collect and store data on a long-term basis, are an irreplaceable source of information for studying the recent past. There is an international debate about how to make accessible the archived web pages and how to use them.

The present paper outlines various approaches to the acquisition and archiving of the Czech web sources, and further on draws attention both on the possibility of data accessibility within Czech legislation in the digital archive of Czech web resources administered by the Czech National Library and to problems related to the provision of metadata.

It examines the role of a curator in relation to electronic resources acquisition and the significance of topic collections containing data which are structured based on predetermined parameters to larger logical units. The article strives to summarize current knowledge and points out some possible approaches to web resources archiving.

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