Website archiving

Added by Stephane Goldstein on 24 October 2007 17:12

This is not particularly fresh news, but perhaps worth mentioning as a reminder of an interesting initiative.  We at RIN met today with the British Library person responsible for the UK Web Archiving Consortium; the RIN has had only cursory dealings with this project up until now, so it was useful to be brought up to date. The initiative is sponsored by six partner organisations: the BL itself (lead partner), the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, the National Archives, JISC and the Wellcome Trust.

This is a test-bed project, started a couple of years ago and aimed in the first instance at archiving a selection of websites; there are about 2600 at­ present, so a very small sample, but intended to be representative.  The rationale is summed up on UKWAC’s own website: "Very little attention has been paid to the long-term preservation of websites. Indeed, with the life of an average website estimated to be around 44 days (about the same lifespan as a housefly) there is a danger that invaluable scholarly, cultural and scientific resources will be lost to future generations."

UKWAC is very much open to suggestion about including websites in the archive; there is a submission form for this purpose.­

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