National Library of Israel to launch archive of Israeli web

The National Library of Israel recently began a project, dubbed “ArchiNet”, that aims to create an archive of all Israeli websites ending in the suffix (country code Top Level Domain - ccTLD) .il. The purpose of ArchiNet is to document the Israeli and Jewish heritage on the web, and to allow for future historical research regarding the Israeli webspace. Although the web pages included in the project may be protected by copyright law, which prohibits copying them without a license, Alon Strassman, Head of Information Technology at the National Library, stressed that the project relies upon the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law, which, he says, allows the National Library to archive the information. Strassman revealed that at this point in time, the archive will not be publicly available through the Internet, rather only at the National Library itself. The National Library is working closely with the Israeli Ministry of Justice, in order to promulgate regulations that will allow the archive to be accessible beyond the confines of the National Library. Source: Calcalist (In Hebrew, By: Omer Kabir).