E-archive planned for attack Web sites

The U.S. Library of Congress is backing the creation of a digital archive of Web pages and sites that have been set up in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington last week.

The U.S. Library of Congress is backing the creation of a digital archive of Web pages and sites that have been set up in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington last week.

Hundreds of Web sites have been set up around the world since 11 September to exchange information about the disaster. The Web Preservation Team at the Library of Congress, a group called the Internet Archive and a research project hosted at webArchivist.org are working in collaboration to build an electronic historical record of this time, which will be available to all members of the public.

The archive will break new ground by taking an initial snapshot of the Web sites, and will then capture changes within the sites on a daily basis. A technique called "Web Fear" analysis will be used to observe the treatment of the attacks in the aftermath of the event. --Wendy McAuliffe, ZDNet UK