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Online History to be Archived at British Library

A 10 year long project to archive British websites as a future source of information has been given the go ahead due to change in legislation.

The British Library in central London has been working with the National Library of New Zealand to create a resource that will provide future generations with a record of past online activity. The project, that was begun 10 years ago has finally been authorised due to changes in legislation that now mean the project will not infringe on copyright laws.

A total of 4.8 million websites will be preserved in an extensive system at the British Library. An in house search engine has been developed and will be used to browse the historical record of online activity in the United Kingdom.

The project is on a huge scale and has pushed the boundaries of storage, data and servers. The resource is predicted to go live in early 2014.


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