Latin American Government Documents Archive - LAGDA

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About this Web archive

The Latin American Government Documents Archive (LAGDA) seeks to preserve and facilitate access to a wide range of ministerial and presidential documents from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The Archive contains copies of the Web sites of approximately 300 government ministries and presidencies. Capture of sites began on multiple dates in 2005 and 2006, and will continue with regularly scheduled captures.

Content in the Archive includes not only the full-text versions of official documents, but also original video and audio recordings of key regional leaders. Archive contents include thousands of annual and "state of the nation" reports; plans and programs; and speeches by presidents and government ministers. Content can be accessed via full-text search (search help), or by browsing by country or by specialized sample collection, such as "Presidential Messages" or "Ministerial Documents."

LAGDA is a joint project of the University of Texas Libraries, The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, and the Latin American Network Information Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Web archiving services are provided by the Internet Archive's Archive-It service.

You can learn more about the LAGDA project and the objects of the Web archving intitaitves at UT Austin in the interview, Web Archiving and Mainstreaming Special Collections as well as the conference paper Web Archives and Large-Scale Data: Preliminary Techniques for Facilitating Research. More information on the background and early development of LAGDA can be found in the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project issue of the Global Resources newsletter.

If you know of a Latin American government Web site that you feel an archived version would be useful to your research and it is not currently on our list, we invite you to Nomitate a Site for inclusion in the LAGDA Web archive.

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