This year's crop of websites harvested by the Library

The Library collects and archives websites using two tools, Pandora and Archive-It.

Pandora is a web collecting tool and online archive created by the National Library of Australia. Pandora is used by Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Northern Territory Library, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Queensland, State Library of South Australia, State Library of Victoria       and State Library of Western Australia. The Library uses Pandora to collect individual websites and publications available online.

Archive-It is a web archiving service provided by the Internet Archive. The Library uses Archive-It to collect a large quantity of websites quickly.

Websites collected with Pandora:

In 2016/2017, the State Library of New South Wales collected 750 website titles with Pandora. The websites include NSW Government websites, organisation, commercial, and personal websites. With the Premier’s Memorandum 2000-15 Access to Published Information – Laws, Policy and Guidelines  the Library has a mandate to collect NSW Government print and digital publications including websites. For all non-New South Wales Government websites, the library has received permission from the website owners to archive and make accessible their website. The 750 titles collected in 2016/17 include titles collected for the first time and those titles collected previously where a new instance of the title was collected (for example, new instance of the website). Some highlights follow.

Key government collections included documenting the NSW parties and candidates for the July 2 Federal Election – available here and the parties and candidates for the September 2016 Council Election – available here.  A range of New South Wales Government websites were collected including the Budget papers, the Inquest into the deaths arising from the Lindt Cafe siege,  Sydney Metro, Tomorrow's Sydney: My Sydney, WestConnex,  digital.nsw and the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in New South Wales

Current Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s website  and Twitter  account, former Premier Mike Baird’s website, and Twitter account and Opposition Leader Luke Foley’s website and Twitter account were and are being collected as are the Premier’s Media releases. The New South Wales Liberal Party, New South Wales Labor Party,  and New South Wales Greens websites were and are being collected.

Website collection 2016-2017

Lost Collective, home page, website collection 2016-2017

A range of titles documenting community responses to changes in infrastructure and housing were collected. These include welivehere2017  (Waterloo public housing), Save our Sirius  (the Sirius building), the Brown Couch (the blog of the NSW Tenants Union), the West Connex Action Group, and the Millers Point Community Group.  Topical issues were documented with Keep Sydney Open,  Refugee Action Coalition Sydney and Powerhouse Museum Alliance.

A number of websites documenting Aboriginal life in New South Wales were collected: the Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, NSW Reconciliation Action Plans, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land CouncilOffice of the RegistrarAboriginal Land Rights Act 1983,  Sydney Aboriginal Language Insights, the Parliamentary Inquiry into Reparations for the Stolen Generations in New South Wales and Barani – Indigenous History of Sydney. Jonathan Jones’ barrangal dyara (skin and bones), sculptural installation at the Royal Botanic Gardens in 2016 is documented in the Kaldor Public Art Projects website.

The Library collected several websites documenting Sydney and its suburbs. These include Lost Collective,  Mirror SydneyPast/Lives: revealing traces of Sydney,  Scratching Sydney’s Surface and Walk Sydney Streets. A series of websites documenting historical ships were collected - Passenger and Emigrant Ships to Australia and New Zealand : a list of ships and where to find pictures of them and Picture Gallery of Sailing Ships in the passenger trade to Australia and new Zealand from the 1840s to the 1890s. The New South Wales Football History Society website was collected.

Websites collected with Pandora can be searched for at the Library’s catalogue Advanced Search screen through searching ‘Pandora electronic collection’ in ‘Any Field’ and other search terms. They can also be searched for at the Pandora home page. Subjects can also be browsed through from this page – for example politics - . Finally they can be searched from Trove. Note results on Trove will include websites collected by all the Pandora members, not just the State Library of New South Wales.

Websites collected with Archive-It

The Library’s Archive-It collection can be found directly at Archive-It website -  In 2017/18, the Library expanded and updated its two main Archive-It collections – NSW Government Information and NSW Local Government.  The NSW Government Information collection, initiated in 2014, collects all websites in the ‘’ domain. Websites can be accessed through entering search terms or accessing directly the archived websites for the major government agencies at the first page. The collection can also be accessed via the ‘NSW Government Information’ entry in the Library’s catalogue. The NSW Local Government collection, initiated in 2015, collects the websites of all New South Wales councils.

The Library welcomes suggestions of websites to be collected. Please send suggestions to

by Brendan Somes, Collection Strategy Specialist, State Library of New South Wales, 2017