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Kiley Jolicoeur, M.L.I.S., Metadata Strategies Librarian

Syracuse University Libraries,

222 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse, NY, 13244, USA

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Anna Kijas, M.A., M.L.I.S., Head,

Lilly Music Library Tufts University,

20 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155, USA

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Anna Rakityanskaya, M.A., M.L.I.S. Librarian for Russian and Belarusian Collections,

Harvard Library, Harvard University,

One Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

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Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) is a unique global rapid-response initiative focused on safeguarding the digital cultural heritage of Ukraine, which is under threat due to the ongoing Russian invasion. The project unites an international team of 1500 volunteers led by digital humanities specialists and is in partnership with a number of organizations who provide technological and/or financial support for the initiative. The project archives websites and digital collections of Ukrainian cultural institutions, with the intention of being able to provide the originating institutions with access to this web archive in the event of content loss. In addition to web archiving, the project is developing metadata for all of the archived websites and collections, raising funds to procure and distribute emergency digitization equipment to cultural institutions in Ukraine, and facilitating the creation of training materials for that equipment. In order to promote Ukrainian cultural heritage across the globe, SUCHO has launched two curated online galleries: Exploring Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online and SUCHO Meme Wall.

Keywords: web archive, websites, Ukrainian culture, cultural heritage, online content, digital preservation, war.


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Dombrowski, Q. (2022). Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) [video interview with Anna Kijas, Quinn Dombrowski, and Sebastian Majstorovic describing the creation of SUCHO in its early days.] URL:

Exploring Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online. URL:
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Maksymiv, S. (2022). How Humor Helps Ukrainians Withstand War Atrocities. UkraineWorld, July 21. URL:

Partners. URL:
Phase 2 of the SUCHO Initiative. URL:
Phase One. URL:
Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online: a collection of cultural heritage documents and other materials downloaded in response to the Russian invasion

of Ukraine. URL:
Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online. URL:
Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online – Open Collective. URL:
Snow, S. (2015). The Science Behind What Content Goes Viral. Social Media Today, July 6. URL:

SUCHO Meme Wall. URL:
SUCHO Meme Wall. URL:
SUCHO: Ukrainian war meme collection. URL:

The Nimble Tents Toolkit is one of the key resources for social-justice focused, rapid-response projects. The approach and projects are described at: The

Nimble Tents Toolkit. URL:
Ukraine’s meme war with Russia is no laughing matter: The blogs of war. The Economist (Online), March 1, 2022. URL: Working with Artifacts. URL:

© Kiley Jolicoeur, Anna KijasAnna Rakityanskaya, 2022