National Library of France
Collections and services
According to articles L131-1 à L133-1 et R131-1 à R133-1 of the Heritage Code, the library is in charge of collecting, preserving and making French internet websites available.
The most important crawls concern:
Harvesting is made by robots that copy the pages, images, animations, audio and video files. Then, the websites are dated and indexed to be available in the initial publication context, which allows to browse through the archives, from one link to another.
It is impossible to archive all sites and all sites’ pages. The BnF collects samples representative of French websites, combining two strategies:
© David Paul Carr / BnF
At the end of 2013, BnF’s internet archives had collected 21.2 billion files; some files date back to 1996. Search can be done by typing in the website’s name. Furthermore, a “guiding approach” focusing on a specific topic is proposed to have a first overview of the collection.
There is no comprehensive list of websites available in the Internet archives. However, the factsheets of data.bnf.fr mention the websites targeted to be archived by the BnF (for ex. http://data.bnf.fr/11932277/litterature_francaise/)
Readers making a search on all collections must use the computers providing access to these collections, in the reading rooms. To access the Internet archives, they need to provide evidence that they require access to the Research Library’s collections for valid academic, professional or personal research.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Prior to your visit, you may e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to check if the website you need is available.
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