Preservation and Deletion of Websites

Nothing lasts for ever. Too often websites last beyond their useful lifespan, or are shut off, hacked or fail when the content should have become part of the “academic record”. In this session we will look at how we can know when a website is at the end of it’s functional life. How do we decide if it should be prepared for preservation or doomed to destruction? How do we make those changes in an affordable but professional way? What about GDPR? What information do we need to record at each stage of the life of a website, or at least what do we wish we had recorded back in the day?

This session will begin with Christopher Gutteridge giving an overview on his work investigating these issues for the University of Southampton, followed by a group discussion about good practice in managing the entire lifecycle of all university websites.


  • Title: Preservation and Deletion of Websites
  • Type: Workshop
  • Hashtag: #A6
  • Facilitator: Chris Gutteridge, University of Southampton
  • Date and time: 16.30-17.30, Wednesday 26 June 2019