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WCT 1.6.1 Released (9th May 2014)

Release 1.6.1 of the Web Curator Tool is now available on Sourceforge. This version includes bugfixes and enhancements developed by the National Library of New Zealand between July and November 2013. This release streamlines the Webcurator workflow by adding date pickers for date fields; a heat map when scheduling harvests; harvest optimisation; Target description search and non-English character support. These features will benefit all existing WCT users and we recommend that users upgrade to 1.6.1

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.

WCT 1.3.0 Released

Version 1.3.0 is now available on sourceforge. This version includes many new features and some performance improvements that were commissioned by the British Library and developed during an accelerated effort in January and February 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 and 1.2.7 users upgrade to 1.3.0.

WCT 1.2.7 Released

Version 1.2.7 is now available on sourceforge. It contains a large number of new features, bug fixesand other uupdates, including a new manual. Further details can be found in the release notes in the download and on the website.

WCT 1.2 Beta testing almost complete (31 July 2007)

The beta testing of the next release of the Web Curatoer Tool (version 1.2) is almost complete. Some of the beta releases are available from the downloads page, and a final release, tentatively known as version 1.2.7, is imminent.

WCT Shortlisted in Digital Preservation section of UK Conservation Awards (July 2007)

The WCT has been shortlisted for the Conservation Awards, the "Oscars of the conservation world", in the Digital Preservation Award 2007 category.

WCT finalist in Computerworld (NZ) Excellence Awards (15 May 2007)

The WCT is a finalist in the Computerworld (NZ) Excellence Awards 2007, in the Excellence in the Use of ICT in Government category.

WCT 1.1.1 Beta Available for Testing (05 April 2007)

A minor release (version 1.1.1 beta) is available for testing rom the SourceForge download page. Note that version 1.1GA remains the latest official stable release.

CDNLAO Newsletter artcile (20 March 2007)

The Conference of Directors of National Libraries - Asia Oceania (CDNLAO) Newsletter has a series of articles on Archiving and Preservation of Online Publications in the latest issue, including articles from Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Singlapore. The National Library of New Zealand contribution describes the Web Curator Tool.

Database Documentation (07 March 2007)

A data dictionary has beenuploaded to the documentation page.

Ariadne Article (08 February 2007)

Philip Beresford has written an article for the latest issue of Ariadne that tells the story of the development of the WCT from The British Library's perspective.

Windows Installation Guide (18 January 2007)

Tine Musek and Matjaz Kragelj from the National and University Library of Slovenia have contributed a WCT Installation Guide for Windows. It is available from the documentation page.

Another WCT Paper Presentation (06 December 2006)

Gordon Paynter gave a presentation about Selectively Archiving Websites at the Government Recordkeeping Forum organised by Archives New Zealand on 06 December 2006. Topics covered include the relationship between the WCT and the National Digital Heritage Archive.

New WCT Paper and Presentation online (30 October 2006)

Gordon Paynter and Ingrid Mason presented a paper on Building a Web Curator Tool For the National Library of New Zealand to the 2006 Annual Conference of the Library & Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). The paper discusses the work by the National Library of New Zealand and the British Library to develop the tool, the workflows it supports, and how it is used in New Zealand. Both the paper and the conference presentation are now available for download from the LIANZA site:

Web Curator Tool Presentation (12 October 2006)

The presentation given at the WCT open-source launch, which includes background on the WCT project and a demonstration of the tool in action, is now available for download:

Web Curator Tool 1.1 Released (22 September 2006)

The National Library of New Zealand, the British Library, and Sytec Resources Ltd are pleased to announce the official launch of the Web Curator Tool as an open-source project.

The release was announced on Friday at The 6th International Web Archiving Workshop in Alicante, Spain. Steve Knight (National Library of New Zealand) and Philip Beresford (British Library) spoke about the development of the tool and their future plans, and Arun Persad gave a live demonstartion of the tool in action.

Version 1.1 of the Web Curator Tool can be downloaded from http://webcurator.sf.net/. The source code is also freely available under the terms of the Apache Public License.

User Acceptance Testing Complete (15 September 2006)

The Web Curator Tool user acceptance testing process is almost complete. The developers are resolving the last few issues, ready for the open-source launch on Friday.

Web Curator Tool 1.1 Released (22 September 2006)

The National Library of New Zealand, the British Library, and Sytec Resources Ltd are pleased to announce the official launch of the Web Curator Tool as an open-source project.

The release was announced on Friday at The 6th International Web Archiving Workshop in Alicante, Spain. Steve Knight (National Library of New Zealand) and Philip Beresford (British Library) spoke about the development of the tool and their future plans, and Arun Persad gave a live demonstartion of the tool in action.

Version 1.1 of the Web Curator Tool can be downloaded from http://webcurator.sf.net/. The source code is also freely available under the terms of the Apache Public License.

User Acceptance Testing Complete (15 September 2006)

The Web Curator Tool user acceptance testing process is almost complete. The developers are resolving the last few issues, ready for the open-source launch on Friday.