Archiving Information in a Digital Age

The Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine” is an essential resource for anyone who wants to find information that used to be available online but that has disappeared or to find how a particular webpage has changed over time, perhaps because information was deleted or added. (The Wayback Machine is also quite useful for many other reasons.)

Recently, a number of easy-to-use tools have appeared that make it easier to find information in the Internet Archive or to save current information into the Internet Archive. In a recent blog post — “If You See Something, Save Something – 6 Ways to Save Pages In the Wayback Machine” — Alexis Rossi provides an overview of these tools as well as a few other methods. The easy browser-based tools are these:

  1. Save Page Now

  2. Chrome Extension

  3. Firefox Addon

  4. Wikipedia Javascript Bookmarklet

Do you use the Wayback Machine? What are your favorite methods? Have you installed or taken advantage of these new tools? Please share in the comments.

[CC-licensed Flickr photo by Hajime Nagahata]

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