What is the Collaborative Architecture, Urbanism and Sustainability Web Archive (CAUSEWAY)?

The Collaborative Architecture, Urbanism and Sustainability Web Archive (CAUSEWAY) is a newly launched pilot project to archive websites devoted to the related topics of architecture, urban fabric, community development activism, public space and sustainability. Made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CAUSEWAY is being curated by art and architecture librarians at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and Yale universities, MIT, and the universities of Chicago and Pennsylvania (collectively known as the Ivies Plus Art and Architecture Group) and operates under the auspices of Columbia University Libraries and Information Services.

What is the purpose of CAUSEWAY?

The overarching goal of this project is to preserve (and document the evolution over time of) the selected websites in a secure digital archive to guarantee the continuing availability of these important but potentially ephemeral resources for researchers and scholars.

How are websites chosen for CAUSEWAY?

Participating librarians are choosing websites that fit into the themes of CAUSEWAY: Urban Fabric (e.g. historic preservation, urban renewal, urban preservation), Public Space (e.g. parklands, community gardens), or Community Activism (e.g. historic preservation initiatives, associations).  Each librarian is making nominations focused on the geographic region in which her or his institution is located.       

How can I view the websites that have been archived? Will access always be free?

Archived websites will remain freely accessible to the public. Websites included in CAUSEWAY will be viewable by date of capture via our Internet Archive partner pages beginning in summer 2014. Additional means of viewing archived websites will be explored by program staff. 

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