Preserving local authority and other websites

The State Library of Queensland recently archived the websites of Queensland local government councils affected by the amalgamation.  The websites were captured in PANDORA – Australia’s web archive – during the early months of 2008.

PANDORA – “Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia” – is a growing collection of significant Australian online publications and websites.  Built collaboratively – with ten Australian cultural collecting agencies contributing – PANDORA is now becoming a significant source of Australia’s online documentary heritage.  In 2004, PANDORA was placed on the Memory of the World Australian Register.

Many of the 94 Queensland council websites copied into the archive by State Library have since disappeared from the live internet.  Now captured for posterity, the council websites will be available for future generations of researchers, and make a valuable contribution to documenting the heritage and history of local government in Queensland.

The State Library of Queensland has archived over a thousand Queensland websites and publications into PANDORA, covering various aspects of Queensland life, history and culture.  State Library currently contributes several hundred titles each year.  The Library’s participation in PANDORA ensures that Queensland’s online documentary heritage will be preserved.

The PANDORA archive is freely available on the internet.  The collection of Queensland council websites can be found at: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/col/9261

For further information about the PANDORA archive, or to suggest a site to include in the archive, please contact the State Library of Queensland on tel. (07) 3840 7880 or email pandora@slq.qld.gov.au