Click to save the nation’s digital memory

As of last week the British Library, along with the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Library Dublin has officially received the right to a copy of every UK electronic publication.

This includes e-journals, e-books, items published on CD-ROM, and 4.8 million websites from the UK web domain.

Access to this information will be available in on-site reading rooms at the six institutions.

It seems their main goal is to capture the UK’s digital heritage for future research and general preservation.

No word on what technology they intend to use to accomplish these future web crawls but they hope to have access to these electronic resources in their facilities by the end of this year.

This is the press release information: http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk/Press-Releases/Click-to-save-the-nation-s-digital-memory-61b.aspx

And here is a look at the 100 websites that the six libraries have chosen to focus on at present: http://www.bl.uk/100websites/index.html

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