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<nettime> fast-changing propaganda website archiving tools?
Flick Harrison on Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:40:19 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime> fast-changing propaganda website archiving tools?


Hey nettimers,

I'm trying to archive some government propaganda websites for a  
research project.  I'm on mac but could access linux or PC tools in a  
pinch.

All the various things I've tried have failed to maintain the full
interactivity / flash linking within the kind of page I'm wanting.

For example, this game-like map of Sri Lanka's counterinsurgency
campaign:

http://www.defence.lk/orbat/Default.asp

I'd like to archive it with the interactivity intact.

It would also be interesting to archive full versions of a site like  
this:

http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp

That could help me keep track of updates etc.

The latter page was changed quite regularly as opposition parties  
attacked the site for being too partisan-branded (Conservative Party  
colour schemes, Prime Minister photos galore, links to video of the PM  
playing piano, etc).  Every news cycle there was a new critique and  
new site revision.

Archives like waybackmachine don't keep images properly.  And there's  
no archive at all for the Canadian Govt Website for the last year and  
a half!

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.actionplan.gc.ca

I've tried things like Fink and Wget but all seem to be more  
complicated than necessary, and I find that following links for  
functionality without following them ad infinitum is a tricky  
algorithm to puzzle out through the CLI.

Thanks in advance,
Flick Harrison


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