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Making British history

We had an email today from the British Library, asking to archive one of our websites as part of their effort to preserve “UK documentary heritage.” It’s quite thrilling to be part of this, and to the credit of Tim Coates, who writes the Good Library Blog. Here’s a little about the project:

Dear Rachel

The British Library is a founding member of the UK Web Archiving Consortium ( consisting of The British Library, JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), the National Archives, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales and the Wellcome Library. The Consortium is the national effort to archive selective representative websites from UK web space in advance of the introduction of legal deposit for digital materials.

The British Library would like to invite you to participate in this work by allowing us to archive your web site under the terms of the appended licence. We select sites to represent aspects of UK documentary heritage and as a result, they will remain available to researchers in the future. We aim to subsequently include the archived copy of your web site in our permanent collections.

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