Today I read a news story about ‘digital archaeology’ on the web. Digital archaeology is a term given to outdated and retro gadgets and sites, and this article was reporting on items still on the web since 1996, some of which are still being updated. For example, a Robert De Niro fan page has survived for 15 years.
It also mentions The Wayback Machine which stores archived pages and screen grabs.
For some time now I have been using this resource to check facts and figures for Conductive Education. It is possible to search the Way Back Machine by inserting the URL for the centre or organisation that you want. For example, putting in www.peto.hu brings up over 4,000 hits.
It is comforting to know that in this age of on with the new and forget the old, it is possible to find out things about Conductive Education’s history, that some of it is preserved and some things, such as dates and events, development of websites, can be checked.
But a lot is probably gone forever which reminds us that we still need the traditional methods of recording information such as books, journals and personal archives.