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Opal: In Vivo Based Preservation Framework For Locating Lost Web Pages, Terry L. Harrison Jul 2005

Opal: In Vivo Based Preservation Framework For Locating Lost Web Pages, Terry L. Harrison

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We present Opal, a framework for interactively locating missing web pages (http status code 404). Opal is an example of "in vivo" preservation: harnessing the collective behavior of web archives, commercial search engines, and research projects for the purpose of preservation. Opal servers learn from their experiences and are able to share their knowledge with other Opal servers using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Using cached copies that can be found on the web, Opal creates lexical signatures which are then used to search for similar versions of the web page. Using the OAI-PMH to facilitate ...