About the CyberCemetery

How can I get a site archived in the CyberCemetery?

If your agency or commission is closing, please make sure your website's valuable information is preserved! Simply contact GPO (or the UNT Libraries, at govinfo@unt.edu) with the following information:

  • The agency or commission website URL.

  • Closing date for the agency/commission (month and year are fine).

  • A contact person's name, email, and phone (this could be any staff member, or a webmaster).

  • If the website is database-driven or contains dynamically-created content, please let us know (if you're not sure, that's okay we'll check for this before we archive it).

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Does the CyberCemetery archiving entail a fee?

No, this services if free.

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How long will our website be preserved?

The website will be permanently preserved; UNT has an agreement with GPO and NARA to permanently provide access to this content.

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What's the process like to get a site archived?

You send us the URL, date your agency or commission is closing, and information for a contact person. We use that information to schedule a time to archive your website, perform a quality-assurance check of the archived version before it goes live, and upload it for public viewing when your agency or commission closes.

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Do we have to do anything else once we send our information to the UNT Libraries (or GPO)?

Not if you don't want to. If you'd like to help us check the archived version before it goes live, to be sure the web harvest was complete, you are welcome to do so--simply let us know. Otherwise, we will make the archived version live at the time that you listed your agency or commission will be closed.

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Will our domain automatically re-direct to the archived UNT version on the CyberCemetery?

Not unless you create a re-direct yourself and pre-pay for your domain registration for specific amount of time. This is of course a great service for the public by providing a clear transition to the archived version. However, if you choose not to use this option, be assured that search engines like Google usually place the UNT archived version of the website very high in results quite quickly after an agency or commission closes.

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Will UNT fix broken links that appear on the pages?

If the link is broken because of the original code in the page or a dead external link, we cannot edit this. Our agreement with NARA and GPO is clear that we cannot alter the original content of archived websites in the CyberCemetery.

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What about our "contact us" pages/forms that get archived?

We archive and display the websites using Heritrix, which is what the Internet Archive uses to produce the "Wayback Machine." This means that we cannot alter code to hide contact pages, but there is a message at the top of each page indicating that the website is archived and no longer live ("External links, forms, and search boxes may not function within this collection"). This message also includes the original URL and the date it was archived.

For an example, see the top of our archived version of the US-Canada Power System Outage Task Force

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What will the archived URL be?

The URLs are based on the website's original URL, our CyberCemetery server address, and the date the website was archived. For an example, see our archived version of the US-Canada Power System Outage Task Force: http://cybercemetery.unt.edu/archive/energyreport/20090701154100/https://reports.energy.gov/

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Where can I browse CyberCemetery content?

The CyberCemetery materials can be browsed within the UNT Digital Library; to view this collection, visit the updated website here.

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