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Web Archive


The Estonian Web Archive is a digital archive that is being created by the National Library of Estonia with the aim of preserving websites that are significant from the point of view of Estonian cultural heritage. Pursuant to the National Library of Estonia Act, the National Library of Estonia has the obligation to collect, permanently preserve and make accessible items published in Estonian, in Estonia, and items about Estonia or containing information about Estonia. Web publications as items issued on the Web also belong to this category. The revised version of the Legal Deposit Act enforced on 1 June 2006 granted the National Library of Estonia entitlement to archive Web publications as legal deposits and make them publicly accessible. The owner of archived material has the right to restrict access to his or her publications. (More about Legal Deposit Act)

The archiving of Web publications (mainly in PDF format) in the digital archive DIGAR began in 2006; test archiving of websites started in 2008. The archive is open to the public since November 2013. As of 2015 it contains 4,2 TB of data (56 million URLs) collected 2010-2015.
Due to the fact that only a small part of valuable sites can be gathered by the selection-based archiving, the first whole Estonian Web domain harvest started in December 2015 and finished in April 2016. The limit was set allowing web crawler to collect maximum of 300 MB per web site to have more control over the process. As a result we collected over 4 TB of data (uncompressed).

There are three employees directly related to the web archive at the National Library of Estonia: two archiving specialists and one web archiving applications administrator (all full time).

The working group developing the Estonian Web Archive, that currently includes 24 representatives from 10 institutions, involves specialists from Estonian research and memory institutions. The objective of the working group is to provide advice on choosing the material and making it accessible; the broad-based working group also represents the interests of current and future researchers. The working group has developed the document „Selection Principles for the Web Archive“ that was approved in 2011.

Since the beginning of 2012 the National Library of Estonia is a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium.


Estonian Web Archive, National Library of Estonia, Tõnismägi 2, 15189 Tallinn
E-mail: veebiarhiiv at nlib dot ee