As more news reporting shifts onto rapidly-updating, informal social media feeds, a great deal of data relating to current events stands to be lost. Web archives provide access to this short-lived content, ensuring that these parts of the historical record will not be lost.
Blog post about the Archive-It collection relating to the 2011 Japan earthquake and the range of websites captured as part of the effort to preserve records of that event.
Collaborative web archive project collecting sites that document "the United States Governement's World Wide Web presence during the transition betwen the administrations of President George W. Bush and Presiden Barack Obama."
This case study is part of a Web Archiving Use Cases report written by Emily Reynolds for the Library of Congress.