Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation launches the Cuban 27N movement web archive

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Cuban 27N Movement Web Archive.

A screenshot from Observatorio Cubano de Conflictos, a project supported by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, illustrating the number of ’27N’ demonstrations in December 2020.

The Cuban 27N Movement Web Archive preserves and provides access to a broad range of websites related to the Cuban 27N Movement initiated in November 2020 by protesters in Havana, Cuba, demanding freedom of expression and other civil rights. Built by Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez (Princeton University), Jill Baron (Dartmouth College), Holly Ackerman (Duke University), and Lizabel Mónica (Princeton University) — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Archive focuses on websites produced by activists and supporters within and outside of Cuba, non-governmental organizations, Cuban alternative presses, and online periodicals on politics, art, and culture in order to guarantee that these potentially ephemeral websites are preserved and remain accessible to researchers and scholars for years to come.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collection Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries and beyond. Learn more about the Program and explore additional collections on the Confederation’s Archive-It page.

Published on April 9, 2021

Written by: Samantha Abrams, Columbia University Libraries

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director, Library Communications