Web Curator Tool
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The Web Curator Tool Project

The Web Curator Tool (WCT) is an open-source workflow management application for selective web archiving. It is designed for use in libraries and other collecting organisations, and supports collection by non-technical users while still allowing complete control of the web harvesting process. It is integrated with the Heritrix web crawler and supports key processes such as permissions, job scheduling, harvesting, quality review, and the collection of descriptive metadata.

WCT was developed in 2006 as a collaborative effort by the National Library of New Zealand and the British Library, initiated by the International Internet Preservation Consortium. WCT is available under the terms of the Apache Public License.

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Latest News

WCT 1.6 Released (05th Dec 2012)

Release 1.6 of the Web Curator Tool is now available on Sourceforge. This version includes bugfixes and enhancements developed by the British Library between June and September 2012. This release streamlines the Webcurator workflow and enhances the automated quality assurance (QA) features. These features will benefit all existing WCT users and we recommend that users upgrade to 1.6.

WCT 1.5.2 Released (22nd Aug 2011)

Version 1.5.2 of the Web Curator Tool is now available on Sourceforge. This version includes many bugfixes and new features that were commissioned by The British Library and developed during March and April of 2011 by software developers from Oakleigh Consulting in the UK. The new features will be of benefit to all existing WCT users and we recommend that all users upgrade to 1.5.2.

WCT 1.5.1 Released (10th Dec 2010)

Version 1.5.1 of the Web Curator Tool is now available on Sourceforge. This version includes many bugfixes, new features and performance improvements that were commissioned by The British Library and developed over two iterations during February and June of 2010 by software developers from Oakleigh Consulting in the UK. The new features will be of benefit to all existing WCT users and we recommend that all users upgrade to 1.5.1.

WCT 1.5 Released

Version 1.5 of the Web Curator Tool is now available on Sourceforge. This version is mainly concerned with the optional integration of Wayback as an additional quality review tool, and the simplification of system configuration using properties files; but also contains a small number of additional enhancements and bugfixes. This release was commissioned by The British Library and developed during July and August of 2009 by software developers from Oakleigh Consulting in the UK. The new features will be of benefit to all existing WCT users and we recommend that WCT 1.1, 1.2.7, 1.3 and 1.4.x users upgrade to 1.5.

WCT 1.4.1 Released

Version 1.4.1 of the Web Curator Tool is now available on Sourceforge. This version includes many bugfixes and an upgrade to Heritrix 1.14.1. There are also some new features and performance improvements that were commissioned by The British Library and developed over two iterations during September-October of 2008 and February-March of 2009 by software developers from Oakleigh Consulting in the UK. The new features will be of benefit to all existing WCT users and we recommend that WCT 1.1, 1.2.7, 1.3 and 1.4 users upgrade to 1.4.1.

WCT 1.4.0 Released

Version 1.4.0 of the Web Curator Tool is now available on Sourceforge. This version includes an upgrade to Heritrix 1.14 and Wayback 1.2 as well as many new features and some performance improvements that were commisioned by The British Library and developed during an accelerated effort in April and June of 2008 by software developers from Oakleigh Consulting in the UK. The new features will be of benefit to all existing WCT users and we recommend that WCT 1.1, 1.2.7 and 1.3 users upgrade to 1.4.0.

D-LIB Article (May/June 2008)

Gordon Paynter, Susanna Joe, Vanita Lala, and Gillian Lee have written an article for the latest issue of D-LIB Magazine that describes the National Library of New Zealand's experiences during their first year of selective web archiving with the Web Curator Tool.