What is a web archive, and what are we archiving when we “archive the web”? What shape will the archive have? When a web archivist looks at the quality of a web capture, they are seeking to capture the functionality and behavior as well as the look and feel of the original site on the day it was archived. Compared to what archivists and librarians are used to cataloging, archiving a website is a relatively abstract concept. A website has numerous moving parts; an archived site is not a static, boxed object, like the archives we are used to.
Central Park’s seven hundred-plus acres make up a nearly perfect rectangle with north, south, east, and west ends, smack dab in the middle of the Manhattan street grid. In the city, no one can escape the park. And even in the park, no one can escape the city, apparent in the skylines of 59th Street, Fifth Avenue, Central Park West, and 110th Street.