CyberCemetery

What's Inside this Collection.

CyberCemetery

About This Collection

The CyberCemetery is an archive of government web sites that have ceased operation (usually web sites of defunct government agencies and commissions that have issued a final report). This collection features a variety of topics indicative of the broad nature of government information. In particular, this collection features web sites that cover topics supporting the university's curriculum and particular program strengths.

Background

Foreseeing the potential preservation problems created by federal agencies' ventures into electronic publishing, UNT became the second depository library in the nation to join the Federal Depository Library Program Content Partnerships Program. This program attempts to ensure permanent public access to electronic federal information. As a participant, the UNT Libraries, part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), were designated the host of the permanent online collection of the defunct Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR).

We've since expanded our Content Partnership with the federal government to include dozens of other defunct federal agency web sites. This electronic repository is popularly known as the CyberCemetery. In recognition of our work in this area, the UNT Libraries were designated an Affiliated Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in 2006. Under this agreement, the UNT Libraries will continue to preserve and provide access to the records of defunct government web sites, while the NARA will legally accession the records as part of the Archives of the United States and will join the UNT Libraries and the Government Printing Office (GPO) in ensuring the preservation of these valuable records. We are currently the only non-military educational institution to be designated an Affiliated Archives.

Source: Kelly, Melody Specht. Our History: Celebrating 60 Years of Public Service. Accessed March 31, 2010.

How to Get Your Website in the CyberCemetery

If your agency or commission is closing, you can make sure that your website's information is preserved. For more information, see our CyberCemetery FAQs.