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article imageWebCite is in dire financial straits

By Alexander Baron     Feb 15, 2013 in Internet
The WebCite archiving service has announced that it may have to close for new submissions by the end of the year unless it can raise substantial funds. To date, it has received little support.
If you have never used or even never heard of WebCite, that is probably not too surprising. It is an archiving service that is very useful for preserving transient text or even transient webpages. The Internet Archive - which you probably have heard of - is a truly massive project which inter alia trawls the web archiving pages and entire websites for posterity. Webcite is slightly different; it is an on-demand service that allows you to archive a page instantly, usually within a matter of seconds. In the process it supplies you with a unique link that you can embed in an article or distribute.
To understand how useful this is, think of how many blogs or news sites you read that change content every day. Think of how many pages on especially news sites that can and do disappear without notice leaving you with a page not found message.
The blurb on the WebCite homepage is fairly self-explanatory. WebCite is run by academics but can be used by anyone.
The appeal, which has been running for some time has - as of 00.30 London time this morning - attracted only 36 supporters who have mustered $783. This is however an institutional project that requires institutional funding, so if you work in that field, pass on the message to someone who is in a position to make a meaningful donation.
Webcite is one of a number of important projects that are preserving the past for the future. And it needs help today.
The WebCite homepage.
The WebCite homepage.
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