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    An Overview and Purpose

    For many years, the websites have become the information source of first resort. From online journals and scholarly material to news, and sport, the web provides unlimited and immediate access to diversified resources. Internet records not only this piece of land on the Taiwan people and the country's development process, but the same period of reflection corresponding changes in the international community context.

    Despite there is an apparent dependence on medium, very little attention has been paid to the long-term preservation of websites. Indeed, with the life of an average website estimated around six weeks there is a danger that invaluable scholarly, cultural, scientific and social resources will be lost in future generations.

    Web Archiving can provide the information in different periods of history to study and realize greater value. Library should preserve cultural knowledge, with the promotion of academic research and teaching. Facing websites increased and updated faster, the library must establish the search and preservation mechanism preventing missing the information as possible.

    To address this problem, National Taiwan University Library in 2006 tried to explore the best way to collect and preserve web materials. The development project for Web Archiving was called National Taiwan University Web Archiving System (NTUWAS). NTUWAS has the following goals:
    1. Collects websites to provide the web archiving mechanism;
    2. Records the developing history of the websites;
    3. Collects the memory of Taiwan in Internet for academic research.

    System Management and User Interface

    NTUWAS system is operated by the National Taiwan University Library to cover the financial and human resources. From July 2006 to start planning, to the establishment in December 2006 before and after the completion of client management and user interface.

    NTUWAS use HTTRACK as a tool to retrieve the page. NTUWAS the main interface of the system management has "back-end management system" and "front-end interface readers," the second part. Set back-end Web site to download and check deposit mechanisms, site collections in different periods corresponding to the reader to effectively query interface, managers can clearly distinguish the collection of search sites, enhance the effectiveness of management. And "front-end interface readers," In addition to providing web site search and full-text search features recommend the reader, the reader can provide the system has not included on the website, so that a more complete site content.

    In addition, to ensure that the site included the quality, system management set up an assessment mechanism, selection criteria in line with the collection site and download site Detected only after retrieval available to readers in order to ensure the quality of collection.

    Selection Guidelines

    NTUWAS has a selective scope. National Taiwan University Library does not collect all Taiwanese online publications and websites, but select those considered of significance with long-term research value. For users' convenience, NTUWAS built 10 categories:

    National Taiwan University:National Taiwan University related websites.

    Government Agencies:The Republic of China (Taiwan) government related websites.

    Academic and Education:Other universities, academic institutions and educational institutions related websites.

    Art and Culture:Arts, museums, religious and other cultural related websites.

    Politics:Political parties, diplomatic Mainland China, and global related websites.

    Ethnic Groups:Indigenous peoples, Hakka and other ethnic group’s related websites.

    Economic and Technology:Industrial and technological development related websites.

    Incidents:Significant events and issues related websites.

    People:Significant and important individuals related websites.

    Non-governmental Organizations (NGO):Public interest groups and other Non-Profit organizations related websites.

    Apart from the above 10 categories, NTUWAS has the other two features.

    1. Research Issues:For academic requirements, NTUWAS will collect significant academic related websites;

    2. Significant Events:To preserve immediate contemporary events in global, NTUWAS will collect significant and important event related websites.

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