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Post by J Duncan of Sketraw » Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:28 pm

The Armorial Register would like to announce an exciting development regarding its website http://www.armorial-register.com/ . At present, each Volume of the ‘Armorial Register’, along with other publications, is deposited with the British Library and other major Libraries around the globe. The website, however, which also holds and maintains the Arms, personal information and genealogies of our contributors, has not, until now, enjoyed any significantly long term or independent security.

The British Library UK Web Archive http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ has invited The Armorial Register to have its website archived approximately twice every year. This means that a complete record of the website and all changes to its content would be recorded from early 2013 thus building a permanent picture of the site’s development and expanding content for years to come.

What is the British Library UK Web Archive?

The UK Web Archive contains websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation. This includes "grey literature" sites: those that carry briefings, reports, policy statements, and other ephemeral but significant forms of information.

There are millions of UK websites. They are constantly changing and even disappearing. Often they contain information that is only available online. Responding to the challenge of a potential "digital black hole" the UK Web Archive is there to safeguard as many of these websites as practical. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and give permanent access to key UK websites for future generations.

Contributors to the UK Web Archive seek permission from the website owner for every website it archives. This is costly and difficult (many owners simply don't respond to the request) so we have been advising the Government on the necessary regulations required to gather all in-scope UK websites automatically. The British Library and other "legal deposit libraries" have this right in principle under the Legal Deposit Libraries Act (2003) but need a further legal regulation to go ahead.

Because websites are revisited and snapshots ("instances") are taken at regular intervals, readers can see how a website evolves over time.

The archive is free to view, accessed directly from the Web itself and, since archiving began in 2004, has collected thousands of websites.

See YouTube Introduction to the UK Web Archive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV-G3I0H ... e=youtu.be
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