Although the .be domain was introduced in June 1988, the Belgian web is currently not systematically archived. Without a Belgian web archive, the content of these websites will not be preserved for future generations.
In order to respond to this need, a two-year project has been launched by the Royal Library and States Archives of Belgium in collaboration with the universities of Ghent (Research Group for Media, innovation and Communication Technologies ; Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities) and Namur (Research Centre in Information, Law and Society) and the high school Bruxelles Brabant (Unité de Recherche et de Formation en Sciences de l’Information et de la Documentation).
The network project “Preserving Online Multiple Information: towards a Belgian strategy” (PROMISE) will explore the policy-related, legal, technical and scientific issues related to archiving the Belgian web.
The aim of the project is to :
a) identify current best practices in web-archiving
b) pilot Belgian web-archiving
c) identify use cases for the use of the Belgian web archive for scientific research
d) make recommendations for a sustainable web-archiving service for Belgium.