British Library to begin archiving UK internet

The British Library is ready to start a new archiving scheme, which will collect and preserve the UK internet for posterity.

Starting this week the British Library plans to capture and record around a billion webpages a year.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP said: “Legal deposit arrangements remain vitally important. Preserving and maintaining a record of everything that has been published provides a priceless resource for the researchers of today and the future. So it’s right that these long-standing arrangements have now been brought up to date for the 21st century, covering the UK’s digital publications for the first time.

The plan is to archive material from sites like news sites, blogs, forums and perhaps even content from social networks.

It’s a great plan, but I just wonder if they’ve talked to the guys at Wayback Machine to make sure they’re not wasting time doing the same thing twice.


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