Purpose

The End of Term Web Archive captures and saves U.S. Government websites at the end of presidential administrations. Beginning in 2008, the EOT has thus far preserved websites from administration changes in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

whitehouse.gov capture from September 15, 2008 whitehouse.gov capture from March 21, 2013 whitehouse.gov capture from February 3, 2017
Whitehouse.gov captures from: September 15, 2008; March 21, 2013; and February 3, 2017.

Archive Scope

The End of Term Web Archive contains federal government websites (.gov, .mil, etc) in the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial branches of the government. Websites that were at risk of changing (i.e., whitehouse.gov) or disappearing altogether during government transitions were captured. Local government websites, or any other site not part of the federal government domain were out of scope.

U.S. Federal Government Domain End of Term 2020 Web Archive

For the End of Term 2020, The Library of Congress, University of North Texas Libraries, Internet Archive, Stanford University Libraries, and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) are joining efforts again, this time with new partner Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), to preserve public United States Government websites at the end of the current presidential administration ending January 20, 2021. This web harvest – like its predecessors in 2008, 2012, and 2016 – is intended to document the federal government’s presence on the World Wide Web during the transition of Presidential administrations and to enhance the existing collections of the partner institutions. This broad comprehensive crawl of the .gov domain will include as many federal .gov sites as we can find, plus federal content in other domains (such as .mil, .com, and social media content) and FTP’d datasets.

If you would like to nominate a URL for inclusion in the End of Term Presidential Harvest 2020, please use the nomination form.

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