Overview

Francis II. Rákóczi Memorial Year logo

This digital archive has made in 2019-2020 on the Francis II. Rákóczi Memorial Year at the National Széchényi Library (NSZL), by the framework of the Public Collection Digitization Strategy. Its primary goal to present the technology of web archiving, and presenting the integration of the web archive with other digital collections through a demo application. The content is focusing on the webpages and websites related to the memorial year, to the Prince and to his family. Furthermore it contains born digital or digitized books from the Hungarian Electronic Library, articles from the Electronic Periodical Archives, photos, illustration and other image-based documents from the Digital Archive of Pictures. This collection offers an extensive set of resources about the Hungarian social and military history from the 17th and 18th centuries, for education and research.

Browse and search functions are available for metadata of each collection. In the hit lists different colour codes shows the origin of items by collections. Padlock icons shows the availability status of a document. Red or yellow padlocks appears on those archived webpages where the website owner has not or not yet granted authorization for public access. However, for these kind of not publicly available documents the metadata, a small screenshot image and links to relevant items on the Internet Archive are being offered. Full text search function is only available for the publicly available items in the web archive.

As the web is a complex medium, harvesting, long term preservation and retrieval of web materials is a serious challenge from an IT perspective. Web documents saved by NSZL webarchive are being harvested and retrieved by various software products. The capabilities of each software can be compared in this way. Two other sub-collections are also publicly available with further informative examples: the first one contains the archived websites of the National Széchényi Library, the second one consists other websites. The homepage of the web archiving pilot project of NSZL is available here: https://webarchivum.oszk.hu/, further information can be requested on this e-mail address: mia@mek.oszk.hu.