About Web Harvests
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) conducted a web harvest (i.e. capture) of Federal Agency public websites in 2004. Starting in 2006, NARA began conducting web harvests of Congressional websites at the end of each Congress.
The Congressional web archive of harvested content includes Members, committees, organizational offices, and leadership websites. Recent Congressional harvests have expanded in scope to capture not only content hosted and stored on Member and committee websites, but also content hosted on a number of social media sites.
In January 2005, NARA issued Guidance on Managing Web Records to address agencies' responsibilities for identifying, managing, and scheduling web materials they identify as Federal records. Accordingly, each agency is responsible, in coordination with NARA, for determining how to manage its web records, including whether to preserve a periodic snapshot of its entire web page.
Accuracy of Harvests
The accuracy of each harvest was affected by these factors:
- The completeness of URL source lists,
- Whether URLs resolved successfully, and
- The capabilities of crawler tools used (see Heritrix at http://crawler.archive.org/) and the server environment being crawled. See a report on limitations of capabilities [PDF].
NARA has made every reasonable effort to ensure that websites' code and programming were captured accurately. NARA is not responsible for any websites' compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and requirements. NARA is responsible for providing public access to these copied websites but is not responsible for maintaining code such as links, accessibility features, search or site maps, or other functionality that may have been true of the sites before they were copied.
Mention of commercial products, services, or resources within this notice does not constitute an endorsement by the National Archives and Records Administration or the United States Government.
Learn more: To find current Federal agency websites, please use http://www.usa.gov/. For technical issues, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about these Federal records, contact email@example.com. For questions about this website, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.