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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - LIS6515

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-04-22
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 12/3/12. supports LIS program. Elective. GC approved 12/4/12. to SYS 12/4/12. to SCNS 12/12/12. Updated Pre-Req 1/31/13. Approved eff 2/1/13. Nbmr 6482 approved as 6515

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2662 2011-11-04
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Library and Information Science AS
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jinfang Niu 8139746837

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    LIS 6515 Web archiving

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    web archiving
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0


    LIS 6711


    Course Description

    Introduces the background knowledge about the Web and web archiving related technical standards, and cover the whole process of web archiving, including selection, acquisition, organization and description, storage, access and preservation.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to compete with national trends

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course addresses an emerging area in library and archives practice.

    This course has been offered for two semesters. 21 master students enrolled in Spring 2012. 15 master students enrolled in Summer 2011.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 2 times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A PhD degree in library and information science is required to teach this course.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    In this course, the students will:

    Understand the basics of the web.

    Understand web archiving related technical standards.

    Get to know the web archiving practices in libraries and archives.

    Get to know the most recent research on web archiving.

    Get to know legal and ethical issues related to web archiving.

    Learn how to plan a web archiving project.

    Gain hands-on experiences with open source tools related to web archiving and digital preservation

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will know how to archive web resources for a library or an archival institution .

    C. Major Topics

    The selection, acquisition, organization and description, storage, access and preservation of web resources. Special topics on the preservation of virtual worlds and streaming media, and the legal and ethical issues related to web archiving will also be covered.

    D. Textbooks

    Students have weekly readings from various online resources.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    WEEK 1 (January 10): Basic knowledge about the web

    McCarthy, L., & Yates, D. (2010). The use of cookies in Federal agency web sites: Privacy and recordkeeping issues. Government Information Quarterly, 27(3), 231-7. Retrieved from

    McCown, F., Chan, S., Nelson, M.L., & Bollen, J. (2005). The availability and persistence of Web references in D-Lib Magazine. In Proceeding of the 5th International Workshop on Web Archiving, Austria. Retrieved from

    Gyongyi, Z., & Garcia-Molina, H. (2005). Web Spam Taxonomy. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web (AIRWeb 2005), Chiba, Japan. Retrieved from

    Benczúr, A. A., Siklósi, D., Szabó, J., Bíró, I., Fekete, Z., Kurucz, M. et al. (2008). Web spam: A survey with vision for the archivist. Paper presented at the 8th International Web Archiving Workshop (IWAW 2008). Retrieved May 2, 2010, from http: //

    Page, L., Brin, S., Motwani, R., & Winograd, T. (1998). The PageRank Citation Ranking: Bringing Order to the Web. Retrieved from

    Bergman, M.K. (2001). The deep Web: Surfacing hidden value. Journal of Electronic Publishing,

    7(1). Available at:

    Baker, G. (2009, March 30). Preservation for scholarly blogs. In Gavin Baker: a Journal of Insignificant Inquiry. Retrieved January 21, 2010 from:

    WEEK 2 (Jan. 17): Web archiving overview (1)

    Brown (2006). Chap. 1. Introduction.

    Masanes (2006). Chapter 1.

    Boudrez, F., & Van den Eynde, S. (2002). Archiving Websites. Retrieved from

    Day, M. (2003). Preserving the fabric of our lives: A survey of Web preservation initiatives. In Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries 7th European Conference, ECDL 2003, Trondheim, Norway. Retrieved from

    Day, M. (2003). Collecting and preserving the World Wide Web: A feasibility study undertaken for the JISC and Wellcome Trust. Retrieved from

    Marill, J., Boyko, A., & Ashenfelder, M. (2007). Web harvesting survey. In International Internet Preservation Consortium. Available at

    WEEK 3 (Jan. 24): Web archiving overview (2)


    Brown (2006). Chap. 2. The Development of Web Archiving.

    Kahle, B. (2007). Universal Access to All Knowledge. American Archivist,70(1), 23-31. Retrieved from

    Ball, A. (2010). Web Archiving. Retrieved from

    Lyman, P. (2002). Archiving the World Wide Web. In CLIR & LC (Eds.), Building a National Strategy for Digital Preservation: Issues in Digital Media Archiving. Retrieved from

    Masanès, J. (2002). Towards Continuous Web Archiving: First Results and an Agenda for the Future. D-Lib Magazine, 8(12). Retrieved from

    Tuck, J. (2008). Part 5: From integration to Web Archiving. In Digital convergence – Libraries of the future (pp. 163-171). Retrieved from

    Pinsent, E., Davis, R., Ashley, K., Kelly, B., Guy, M. & Hatcher, J. (2008). PoWR: The Preservation of Web Resources Handbook. Version 1.0. London: JISC. Retrieved February 10, 2010, from

    Shiozaki, R., & Eisenschitz, T. (2009). Role and justification of web archiving by national libraries: A questionnaire survey. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 41(2), 90-107. doi: 10.1177/0961000609102831

    WEEK 4 (Jan. 31): Selection and acquisition (1)

    Brown (2006). Chap. 3. Selection.

    Brown (2006). Chap. 4. Collection Methods.

    Masanes (2006). Chapter 3.

    Mesanes (2006). Chapter 4.

    Masanes (2006). Chapter 5. Archiving the Deep Web.

    Masanes, J. (2005). Web Archiving methods and approaches: A comparative study. Library Trends, 54(1), 72-90. Retrieved from

    Vlcek I. (2008). Identification and Archiving of the Czech Web Outside the National Domain. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop of Web Archiving, Denmark. Retrieved from

    Gomes D., Freitas, S., & Silva, M.J. (2006). Design and selection criteria for a National Web Archive. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4172. doi: 10.1007/11863878.

    Senserini, A., Allen, R.B. Hodge, G., Anderson, N., & Smith, D.Jr. (2004). Archiving and accessing web pages: The Goddard library web capture project. D-Lib Magazine 10(11). doi:10.1045/november2004-hodge.

    Lyle, J. (2004). Sampling the Domain. In Proceedings of the 4th International Web Archiving Workshop, Bath, UK. Retrieved from

    WEEK 5 (February 7): Selection and acquisition (2)

    Wells, G.-A., & Pearce-Moses, R. (2006). From Bibliographer to Curator: Archival strategies for capturing web publications. IFLA Journal, 32(1), 41-7.

    Pearce-Moses, R., & Kaczmarek, J. (2005). An Arizona model for preservation and access of Web documents. DttP: Documents to the People, 33(1). Retrieved from

    Abiteboul, S., Cobena, G., Masanes, J., & Sedrati, G. (2002). A first experience in archiving the French Web. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2458, 185-198. doi: 10.1007/3-540-45747-X_1.

    Charalampos , C., Eirinaki, M., Jevtuchova, D., & Vazirgiannis, M. (2004). Archiving the Greek Web. Retrieved from

    Drugeon, T. (2005, September). A technical approach for the French Web Legal Deposit. In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop for Web Archiving, Austria. Retrieved from

    Schneider, S.M., Foot, K., Kimpton, M., & Jones, G. (2003, August). Building Thematic Web Collections: Challenges and experiences. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop for Web Archiving. Norway, 71-93. Retrieved from

    Campbell, L.E. (2006, September). Web Archiving Networks: How they will lead to success. In Proceedings of the 6th Web Archiving Workshop for Web Archiving, Spain, 1-10. Retrieved from

    Chen K.-H., Chen, Y.-L., & Ting, P.-F. (2008, September). Developing National Taiwan University Web Archiving System. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop for Web Archiving, Denmark. Retrieved from

    WEEK 6 (February 14): Selection and acquisition (3)

    Masanes (2006). Chapter 9. Internet Archive.

    Masanes (2006). Chapter 10. DACHS.

    Hallgrímsson, P., & Bang, S. (2003). Nordic Web Archive. Retrieved from

    Library of Congress (2010). K-12 Web Archiving Program Teacher Guidelines. Retrieved from

    Hiiragi, W., Sakaguchi, T., & Sugimoto, S. (2009, September). A policy-based Institutional Web Archiving System with Adjustable Exposure of Archived Resources. In Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop for Web Archiving, Corfu, 20-27. Retrieved from

    Ryan, D. (2002). Preserving the No 10 Web site: The story so far. In Web-archiving: managing and archiving online documents, DPC Forum, London. Retrieved from

    Smith, C. (2005). Building an Internet Archive System for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Library Trends, 54(1), 16-32. Retrieved from

    Cathro, W., Webb, C., & Whiting, J. (2001). Archiving the Web: The PANDORA Archive at the National Library of Australia. Retrieved from

    Paynter, G., Joe, S., Lala, W., & Lee, G. (2008). A year of selective Web archiving with the Web Curator at the National Library of New Zealand. D-Lib Magazine. Retrieved from

    WEEK 7 (Feb. 21): Quality assurance, organization and access.

    Brown (2006). Chap. 5. Quality Assurance and Cataloging.

    Brown (2006). Chap. 7. Delivery to Users.

    Wiggins, B. (2006). IFLA survey on inclusion of electronic resources in national bibliographies.

    International Cataloguing and Bibliographic Control, 35(4), 71-74. Retrieved from

    Ras, M., & Van Bussel, S. (2007). Web Archiving User Survey. Retrieved from

    Jatowt, A., Kawai, Y., Tanaka, K. (2008). Using page histories for improving browsing the Web. In Proceedings for the 8th International Workshop for Web Archiving, Denmark. Retrieved from

    IIPC Access Working Group. (2006). Use cases for access to Internet Archives. Retrieved from

    Costa, M., & Silva, M.J. (2010). Understanding the information needs of Web Archive users. In Proceedings of the 10th International Web Archiving Workshop, Vienna. Retrieved from

    WEEK 8 (Feb. 28): Archiving the virtual worlds and streaming media

    Antonescu, M.-D., Guttenbrunner, M., & Rauber, A. (2009). Documenting a Virtual World - A case study in preserving scenes from SecondLife. In Proceedings of the 9th International Web Archiving Workshop, Corfu, 5-10. Retrieved from

    Lowood, H, (Ed.). (2009). Before It’s Too Late: A Game Preservation White Paper. Available at

    Archiving virtual worlds at Internet Archive (2010). Available at

    Winget , M.A. & Murray, C. (2008). Collecting and Preserving Videogames and Their Related Materials: A Review of Current Practice, Game-Related Archives and Research Projects. Retrieved from

    Lasar, M. (2010). Saving "virtual worlds" from extinction. In Ars Technica. Retrieved from

    Shah, C., & Marchionini, G. (2007). Preserving 2008 US Presidential Election Videos. In Proceedings of the 7th International Web Archiving Workshop (IWAW07), Vancouver, Canada. Retrieved from

    Ashenfelder, M. (2006). Web harvesting and streaming media. In Proceedings of the 6th International Web Archiving Workshop (IWAW06), 125-146. Retrieved from

    Baly, N. (2006). Archiving streaming media on the Web, proof of concept and first results. In Proceedings of the 6th International Web Archiving Workshop (IWAW06), 147-187. Retrieved from

    Lowood, H. (2009, October). Memento mundi: Are virtual worlds history? Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, San Francisco, CA. Retrieved February 2, 2010, from

    WEEK 9 (Mar. 6): Digital preservation (1)

    Brown (2006). Chap. 6. Preservation.

    Brown (2006). Chapter 8.

    Masanes (2006). Chapter 8. Long-Term Preservation of Web Content.

    Guttenbrunner, M., Becker, C., Rauber, A., & Kehrberg, C. (2008). Evaluating strategies for the preservation of console video games. Paper presented at the iPRES 2008, London, UK. Retrieved from

    Strodl, S., Beran, P.P., & Rauber, A. (2009). Migrating content in WARC Files. In Proceedings of the 9th International Web Archiving Workshop, Corfu, 43-50. Retrieved from

    Spencer A., O’Reilly, B., & Vasile, G. (2009). Past and present: Using the UK Government Web Archive to bridge the continuity gap. In Proceedings of the 9th International Web Archiving Workshop, Corfu, 38-43. Retrieved from

    Spencer, A. & Storrar, T. (2009, July 21). Capture and continuity: Broken links and the UK Central Government Web presence. The International Journal of Digital Curation, 1(4). Retrieved from

    Digital Preservation Coalition. (2008). Preservation Management of Digital Materials: The Handbook. Available at

    WEEK 10 (Mar. 13): Spring Break, no class.

    WEEK 11 (Mar. 20): Digital preservation (2)

    OCLC, CRL (2007). TRAC: Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist. Retrieved from

    Lisa M. Schmidt. Preserving the H-Net Email Lists: A Case Study in Trusted Digital Repository Assessment. American Archivist. Volume 74, Number 1 / Spring/Summer 2011. Pp. 257-296

    Ross, S. (2007). Digital Preservation, Archival Science and Methodological Foundations for Digital Libraries. Retrieved from

    Lavoie, B. (2004). Open Archival Information System: Introductory Guide. Retrieved from

    Lavoie, B., & Dempsey, L. (2004). Thirteen Ways of Looking at...Digital Preservation. D-Lib Magazine, 10(78). Retrieved from

    OCLC, RLG. (2005). Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group. Retrieved from

    Gupta, A. (2001). Preserving Presidential Library Websites. Available at

    Knight, G. (2008, February 14). Framework for the definition of significant properties. JISC. Retrieved January 7, 2010, from uk/documents/wp33-propertiesreport-v1.pdf

    Sheble, L., Choemprayong, S. & Hank, C. (2007, December 13). Surveying bloggers’ perspectives on digital preservation: Methodological issues. Paper given at the 3rd International Digital Curation Conference, Washington, DC. Retrieved January 21,

    2010, from

    Hank, C. (2009, July 25). Blogger perspectives on digital preservation: Attributes, behaviors, and preferences. Paper given at the Future of Today’s Legal Scholarship Symposium, Georgetown, Washington DC. Retrieved January 21, 2010, from

    WEEK 12 (March 27.): Legal and ethical issues

    Brown (2006). Chap. 8. Legal Issues.

    Brown (2006). Chap. 9. Managing a Web Archiving Program.

    Brown (2006). Chap. 10. Future Trends.

    Lasfargues, F., Oury, C., & Wendland, B. (2008). Legal deposit of the French Web: Harvesting strategies for a national domain. Paper presented at the 8th International Web Archiving Workshop, Denmark. Retrieved from

    Charlesworth, A. (2003). Legal issues relating to the archiving of Internet resources in the UK, EU, USA and Australia. Retrieved from

    Rauber, A., Kaiser, M., & Wachter, B. (2008). Ethical Issues in Web Archive Creation and Usage towards a Research Agenda. In Proceedings of the 8th International Web Archiving Workshop, Denmark. Retrieved from

    Hakala, J. (2009, November 13). Legal aspects of Web harvesting: The Finnish experience. Paper given at the Archiving the Web: New Perspectives workshop, Stockholm, Sweden. Retrieved January 21, 2010, from

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    4 assignments, 1 final presentation.

    Assignment 1 and 2, each 20%

    Assignment 3 and 4, each 25%

    Final presentation: 10%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Assignment 1: Evaluate the functionalities of two web archives (20 points) Due. May 31. Length: around 800-1000 words

    Choose two web archives that are created by libraries or archival institutions, and then use the checklist provided to evaluate their functionalities. Please write a report based on your evaluation. The report should cover all the items in the checklist.

    Use the member archives of IIPC, and the National Archives web harvests at:

    Please post your choice on Blackboard so that other students can avoid choosing the same web archives.

    Assignment 2: The web archiving practices of an organization. 20 points. Length around 800-1000 words

    Please choose an organization (a library, archive or other organization) and introduce its web archiving practice. Please cover its selection criteria, acquisition method, quality assurance, description and metadata, storage and access, preservation and how it deals with copyright, privacy and other legal and ethical concerns in conducting web archiving.

    Please post your choice on Blackboard so that other students can avoid choosing the same web archives.

    Assignment 3. Build a web archive collection using Archive-it (15 points), and also write a report about your web archive collection, 500-800 words (10 points). Due July 17.

    Your report should talk about the selection criteria, acquisition method, organization and storage, metadata and access method.

    I strongly recommend you to carefully select the seeds, and do test crawls before the formal crawl. Because we have limited budget, we want to ensure that we archive only high quality resources instead of wasting our budget for irrelevant resources.

    Assignment 4: please decide a topic about web archiving and write a research paper about it. Length: around 1200 words. 25 points

    Assignment 5: Final presentation (10 points).

    Present your assignments 1-4. The length of the presentation is expected to be about 15 minutes.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Class Conduct

    The instructor is available for student consultation after class, during office hours, by appointment and online in Blackboard. Students should not assume that the instructor is online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions immediately. The instructor will check the Blackboard discussion board and e-mail daily during business days. The instructor wants students to succeed and is available to help. Students who are having problems or falling behind are strongly urged to contact the instructor as soon as possible.

    For some assignments and homework, students rely on each other to meet deadlines and do their fair share of the work. If you are falling behind or intend to withdraw from the course, inform your partners so they can work out alternatively.

    Assignment Due Date

    To facilitate timely grading, all assignments must be submitted by the due date. A 5% grade penalty on the assignment will be deducted for each day an assignment is late. An exception can be made if the student absolutely cannot meet the deadline and notifies the instructor in advance. A grade of 0 will be recorded for the missed assignment.


    A grade of incomplete (I) will be given only for a justifiable. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor to request an incomplete and discuss requirements for completing the course.

    Students with a disability

    Students in need of academic accommodations for a disability may consult with the office of Students with Disabilities Services to arrange appropriate accommodations. Students are requiredto give reasonable notice prior to requesting an accommodation.

    Academic dishonesty and plagiarism

    The University of South Florida has an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors and students to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to SafeAssignment, or 3) ask students to submit their assignments to SafeAssignment through myUSF. Assignments are compared automatically with a database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a student’s paper was plagiarized. For more information about SafeAssignment and plagiarism, go to Click on Plagiarism Resources. For information about plagiarism in USF’s Student Handbook go to

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Library and Information Science

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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