Four categories of co-creator shape web archivists' practice and influence the development of web archives: social forces, users and uses, subjects of web archives, and technical agents. This paper illustrates how these categories of co-creator overlap and interact in four specific web archiving contexts. It recommends that web archivists acknowledge this complex array of contributors as a way to imagine web archives differently. A critical approach to web archiving recognizes relationships and blended roles among stakeholders; seeks opportunities for non-extractive archival activity; and acknowledges the value of creative reuse as an important aspect of preservation.
"Recognizing Co-Creators in Four Configurations: Critical Questions for Web Archiving,"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 6, Article 23.
Available at: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol6/iss1/23