Are Web Archives Failing The Modern Web: Video, Social Media, Dynamic Pages and The Mobile Web (Forbes)

Forbes: Are Web Archives Failing The Modern Web: Video, Social Media, Dynamic Pages and The Mobile Web. “For the most part, a web archiving crawler built 20 years ago could still largely function today, downloading a web page, extracting its links, crawling each of those links, extracting their links in turn, crawling those links and so on, while recording each page’s HTML and images into its archives. Styling like CSS might be missed by those early crawlers, though well-designed ones built for arbitrary resource identification would still function today, albeit not as efficiently. The problem is that the web is no longer built upon the simple premise of a collection of small static HTML and image files served up with a simple tag structure and readily parsed with a few lines of code. Today’s web is richly dynamic, multimedia and increasingly broken into walled gardens and device-specific parallel webs.”