Counting the uncountable: statistics for web archives

Clement Oury (Digital Legal Deposit, Bibliothe`que Nationale de France, Paris, France)
Roswitha Poll (University Münster Library, Münster, Germany)

Performance Measurement and Metrics

ISSN: 1467-8047

Publication date: 19 July 2013



The purpose of this paper is to describe the aims and contents of the ISO Report ISO/TR 14873.


For more than a decade, libraries have started to “collect the web”. National libraries in particular select, collect and store publications and websites from their national domain, seeing this as a task similar to traditional legal deposit. The collection policies and collecting methods vary, so that it is difficult to compare the quantity and quality of the respective web archives.


In order to harmonize the evaluation of web archives, ISO TC 46 SC 8 has produced a Technical Report that standardizes the terminology and statistics and offers tested indicators for assessing the quality of web archiving.


This paper describes the shortly to be published ISO/TR 14873, a potentially vital guide to harmonize web archive collection internationally.



Oury, C. and Poll, R. (2013), "Counting the uncountable: statistics for web archives", Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 132-141.

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