Materials on Swedish dialects in Finland collected in the Finnish Web Archive
In 2022 the National Library of Finland collected, together with the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS), online materials on Swedish dialects of Finland.
In 2022 the National Library of Finland collected, together with the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS), online materials on Swedish dialects of Finland. This themed web harvest was based on the SLS’s collecting campaign entitled Dialektmaterial på webben (‘Dialect materials online’). The National Library preserved the online materials included in the campaign in the Finnish Web Archive.
The materials preserved included online content surveyed by SLS and spoken or written in the Swedish dialects used in Finland. Such dialects are spoken in Finland’s coastal region and on the Åland Islands.
In addition to being part of a living oral tradition, dialects have found their way online and onto social media. The resources harvested for preservation include news content, websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, music and social media content (Twitter, TikTok).
The materials are available at legal deposit workstations across Finland. For further information on depositing Finnish publications at the National Library, see: https://www.kansalliskirjasto.fi/fi/vapaakappaletoimisto
URL addresses of the harvested materials can be browsed to a limited extent in the Finnish Web Archive Index.
Information on the SLS’s Dialektmaterial på webben campaign can be found in the SLS’s Finna search service.
Further information on the themed web harvest is available from Information Specialist Sanna Haukkala (Kansalliskirjasto, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Archivist Lisa Södergård (SLS, email@example.com).
The National Library of Finland preserves Finnish online content in the Finnish Web Archive through the annual Finnish domain web harvest, themed web harvests and web harvests of continuously updating contents. In the annually conducted Finnish domain web harvest, content is harvested from more than 600,000 websites in the .fi and .ax country code top-level domains, as well as other websites identified as being in Finnish using a language identification tool. Whereas themed web harvests focus in more detail and depth on content related to topical subjects and events, continuous web harvesting focuses on archiving Finnish newspaper websites, news media and Twitter content at regular intervals.
The National Library of Finland has the duty to preserve a representative and diverse sample of Finnish online materials. The materials collected are preserved and made available to researchers and other information-seekers at legal deposit workstations. The operations are based on the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials (1433/2007) (available in Finnish and Swedish) and the Copyright Act (section 16b, 404/1961) (available in Finnish and Swedish). The Finnish Web Archive is part of the National Collection, where Finnish publications are deposited.