Graduating authors may request that related digital projects be preserved in conjunction with the deposit of a traditional text-based dissertation or thesis. Fill out the GC Digital Preservation Request form to prompt a consultation and to provide metadata to describe and index your project. Also see the GC library's guidelines for documenting digital projects for deposit.
There is no single method or platform for archiving and preserving digital works. Open source tools and methods can preserve your work.
Images, Audio, Video
Still images, audio, or video files may supplement a thesis or dissertation submission in the CUNY Academic Works. Several supplemental files may be combined in a single .zip or .tar file. Use the Library of Congress recommended formats.
Applications and Software
The Internet Archive crawler publicly preserve web pages and sites.
Each page on the site should have a unique URL.
Delete or modify robots.txt file to allow for crawling. Test with the google tester.
Host media (multimedia, video, audio) content locally. Or, host media on the Internet Archive (archive.org), and embed the Internet Archive URL in your current website.
Streaming media (YouTube, Vimeo, and Soundcloud) platforms are not built for long term preservation. YouTube videos are easier to preserve with the Internet Archive crawler than Vimeo videos. Each YouTube video can appear only once on the entire site or the crawler will not capture either instance of the same video. Vimeo embeds can be preserved with the Internet Archive, but only one Vimeo video can be embedded on each page.
ARCGIS, StoryMaps and Flash compositions are difficult for the Internet Archive to preserve..
WebRecorder preserves Scalar better than the Internet Archive does.
To archive searches, collect URLs of popular search result pages and add them to a page on your site. The Internet Archive crawler might be able to capture theses searches.
Interactivity is not easily preserved by the Internet Archive. Build a static, rather than a dynamic site, and screen video capture the interactive aspects of the site, then post the video on the site. WebRecorder captures interactivity better than the Internet Archive.