Web archiving involves using a web crawler to record parts of the World Wide Web in its original format to ensure this information preserved and made accessible for future generations of researchers, historians, and the public. An increasing amount of information is born digital and can only be accessed through a website. If not archived properly, this information is at a high risk of being lost due to the ephemeral characteristics of information created online.
The focus on these collections is static web material such as online news articles pertaining to the NSCAD community, and NSCAD public communications.
Of particular importance in this collection is the capture of dynamic web content such as digital exhibitions by NSCAD students, and digital theses projects by NSCAD graduate students.
NSCAD has a number of web archived pages archived through the Rhizome Conifer Platform, and the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. In the late summer of 2020 the Library received funding from the Information and Communications Technology Council to hire a student to assist in web archiving digital content during the COVID-19 pandemic through until the winter semester. The Library hired NSCAD student Kayza Degraff-Ford who led this project. Of particular importance in this project was the exploration of methods to preserve digital exhibitions by NSCAD students, news pertaining to NSCAD, University communications, and digital theses projects by NSCAD graduate students that are produced as websites.
Apocalypse NSCAD is a web archiving exhibition by NSCAD student Kayza Degraff-Ford. Degraff-Ford archived NSCAD content as part of a NSCAD Library COVID-19 web archiving project. You can find the original site at https://apocalypsenscad.hotglue.me/ Below is a link to the archived exhibition in NSCAD's Conifer platform.