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Information from the team at the UK Web Archive, the Library's premier resource of archived UK websites

Introduction

News and views from the British Library’s web archiving team and guests. Posts about the public UK Web Archive, and since April 2013, about web archiving as part as non-print legal deposit. Editor-in-chief: Jason Webber. Read more

20 December 2016

If Websites Could Talk

The UK Web Archive collects a wide variety of websites for future researchers. This made us think…

…IF WEBSITES COULD TALK …

… it’s surely possible that they would debate amongst themselves as to which might be regarded as the most fantastic and extraordinary site of all.

“I’d like to stake my claim,” said the 'British Interplanetary Society'.

A Walk across London - north to south

“Aren’t you just a bit too predictable?”, said the 'British Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar Federation'. “Outer space and all that. Music can be fantastic, in its way.”

“Yes indeed,” said the 'British Association of American Square Dance Clubs'. “Mind you, you could make a case for the 'British Fenestration Rating Council'.”

“Or even the 'Bamboo Bicycle Club',” interjected the 'Dorset Moths Group'. “To say nothing of the 'Association of Approved Oven Cleaners'.”

“Far too tame,” said the 'The Junglie Association'. “No-one has a clue what we’re about, so the title should surely be ours.”

“Not so fast,” countered the *British Wing Chun Kuen Association*. “You’re overlooking us!”

“You two are both too obscure, which isn’t the same as extraordinary,” said the 'Brighton Greyhound Owners Association Trust for Retired Racing Greyhounds'. “Don’t you agree, 'Scythe Association of Great Britain & Ireland'?”

They looked more than a little put out at this, but each came round after receiving a friendly hug from the 'Cuddle Fairy'.

Suddenly 'Dangerous Women' butted in. “May we introduce our friend 'I Hate Ironing'?” There was a pause. “Who is it making all that noise?”

“Oh, that’ll be the 'Society of Sexual Health Advisers',” said the 'Teapot Trust'. “No doubt sharing a joke with 'You & Your Hormones'. Where is the 'National Poisons Information Service' when you need it?”

“Now now,” tutted the 'A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down', “No need for that. Like the 'Grateful Society', we should just give thanks that they’re here.”

At this point a site which had hitherto been silent spoke up. “With the utmost respect, I reckon I am what you are looking for.”

“Really?” chorused the others. “And your name is … ?”

“The 'Eccentric Club'.”

Silence fell. They knew that, for the time being, the title had been won …

By Hedley Sutton, Asian & African Studies Reference Team Leader, The British Library

18 November 2016

Explore Your Archives Week at the UK Web Archive

The UK Web Archive is talking part in the annual Explore Your Archives week organised by The National Archives (TNA) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA). There are different hashtags to use on social media during the week. The UK Web Archive will be tweeting throughout the week using the various hashtags. There is also a chance for you to join in on the conversation on Wednesday 23rd as we reflect on the work we have done in 2016.

How will the UK Web Archive Participate?

Saturday 19 November and Sunday 20 November
#ExploreArchives

This weekend we will be tweeting about the UK Web Archive’s aims and objectives as well as some FAQ’s that come up around copyright and preservation.

Monday 21 November 2016
#Archivepioneers

We will be tweeting about web archiving pioneers

Tuesday 22 November 2016
#hairyarchives

We will try and uncover some of the most interesting hair related pictures from our archive. Also have you ever wondered how many times the words moustache and hipster appears online together? Keep an eye out for all hair related tweets on Tuesday.

Wednesday 23 November 2016
#YearInArchives

2016 has been a very eventful year in politics and in the passing of so many celebreties. Let us know the moments that were important to you?

Tune in for a live chat 1300-1400 (GMT) with the web archivists from the British Library and National Library of Scotland to find out the latest news on the 2016 collections.

The British Library:

Nicola Bingham – Lead Curator of Web Archives – @NicolaJBingham

Jason Webber – Engagement Manager – @UKWebArchive

Helena Byrne – Assistant Web Archivist – @HBee2015

The National Library of Scotland:

Eilidh MacGlone - Web Archivist – @dalmailing

Thursday 24 November 2016
#autoarchives
A key day for transport enthusiasts, keep an eye out for polls on different types of transport and some pictures of some unusual forms of transport.

Friday 25 November 2016
#ArchiveAnimals

The crucial question of cats vs. dogs on the internet will finally be answered.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November 2016
#ExploreArchives

To finish off the week we will have a few more fun facts about the UK Web Archive.

Get tweeting and don’t forget to use the designated hashtags for each day. If you know of any UK based websites that cover these topics, why don’t you nominate them to the archive?

Nominate websites

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22 September 2016

Web Archiving Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

‘For the Olympics, the whole world is captivated, turns on its television and supports their country’

Introduction
The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil may be over but it will be some time before they are forgotten about in the press and social media. Web archives play a vital role in preserving the narratives that have come out of these Games. The Content Development Group (CDG) at the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) has been archiving both the Winter and Summer Games since 2010 and the Rio 2016 Collection will be available in October 2016.

Rio-world-map

Rio 2016 is the first time the CDG has archived events both on and off the playing field making this its biggest collection so far in terms of the number of nominations and geographical coverage. The CDG also enlisted the help of subject experts as well as the general public to nominate sites from countries not usually covered in IIPC collections. As the IIPC only has members in around 33 countries public nominations played an important role in filling this void.

What’s involved?
But what’s involved in web archiving the Olympics? CDG members the British Library and the National Library of Scotland co-hosted a Twitter chat on 10th August 2016 to give an insight on what’s involved. The Twitter chat was based on set questions published in an IIPC blog post with a Q&A session and some time for live nominations. This was an international chat with participants from the USA, Ireland, England, Scotland, Serbia and even Australia. The chat was added to Storify as well as the final archived collection of the Games. Even though the chat was small it helped us to connect with a wider audience and increase the number of public nominations. You can follow updates on this project on Twitter by using the collection hashtag #Rio2016WA.

How can you get involved?
There is still time for you to get involved in web archiving the Olympics and Paralympics. The public nomination form will be open till 23rd September 2016. If you would like to make a nomination you can follow these guidelines. As Carly Lloyd stated above the whole world is captivated by the Olympics now is your opportunity to be part of it.

By Helena Byrne, Assistant Web Archivist, The British Library