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  • Access to Deleted or Modified Content

    Caption: Geocities.com as captured on April 13, 2001

    Web archives can provide access to sites that have since been deleted or changed, so that users can specifically access material that they are no longer able to access on the live web. This is perhaps the use of web archives most familiar to casual users, as the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and similar services make the contents of web archives easily accessible based on URL and date.

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    Memento Project

    Tool allowing users to capture and access previous versions of websites

    GeoCities Special Collection 2009

    Internet Archive collection of Geocites sites captured prior to its 2009 shutdown

    Exploring the lost web, UK Web Archive (British Library)

    Blog post about preserving at-rish content to prevent it from disappearing

     

    This case study is part of a Web Archiving Use Cases report written by Emily Reynolds for the Library of Congress.