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Wednesday, March 29 • 3:50pm - 4:10pm
Demonstration 4: Web Archiving Integration Layer (WAIL)

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Web Archiving Integration Layer -- WAIL

Personal Web archiving requires enabling individuals to preserve Web content at will. In previous work, we introduced Web Archiving Integration Layer (WAIL), a tool that integrates an archival crawler (Heritrix) and replay system (Wayback) to facilitate individuals' preservation. In this work, we have vastly revised WAIL using modern Web technologies and introduced the concept of collection-based personal Web archiving that can be accomplished on a user's machine. Unlike subscription-based Web archiving services, like Archive-It, WAIL provides an interoperable mechanism to accomplish this without reliance on an external service. We rebuilt WAIL using its core concept into an Electron-based native application for a more consistent and accessible interface with better integration with Heritrix, OpenWayback, and other personal Web Archiving tools. Electron has allowed WAIL to be more consistent across the Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. A central focus of this update has been on social media, mainly the preservation of users' Twitter feeds. In contrast to the previous versions of WAIL, our revision leverages a native Chromium browser via Electron to surface content specific to sites like Twitter for more accurate preservation. This additional functionality will allow users to focus on preservation of personal Web content that may have previously been difficult to archive.

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John Berlin

Research Assistant, Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group
John Berlin is a Computer Science Masters student at Old Dominion University and a member of the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group (WS-DL) under the supervision of Dr. Michele Weigle and Dr. Michael Nelson. Creator of node-warc and node-cdxj (cdxj on npm). Maintainer... Read More →

Wednesday March 29, 2017 3:50pm - 4:10pm PDT
Lathrop 296 Lathrop Library, Stanford University 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305

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