Abiteboul S., Cobéna G., Masanes J., Sedrati G. (2002) A First Experience in Archiving the French Web. In: Agosti M., Thanos C. (eds) Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. ECDL 2002. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2458. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
The web is a more and more valuable source of information and organizations are involved in archiving (portions of) it for various purposes, e.g., the Internet Archive www.archive.org. A new mission of the French National Library (BnF) is the “dépôt légal” (legal deposit) of the French web. We describe here some preliminary work on the topic conducted by BnF and INRIA. In particular, we consider the acquisition of the web archive. Issues are the definition of the perimeter of the French web and the choice of pages to read once or more times (to take changes into account). When several copies of the same page are kept, this leads to versioning issues that we briefly consider. Finally, we mention some first experiments.