The UK Web Archive has a new user interface! Please try it and give us your feedback by completing the short survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ukwasurvey01 . There are several new features:
- For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive’” and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ from the same search box. The Open UK Web Archive was started in 2005 and comprises approximately 15,000 websites that can be viewed anywhere. The Legal Deposit Web Archive was started in 2013 and comprises millions of websites but these can only be viewed in the Reading Rooms of UK Legal Deposit Libraries.
- We have improved the search and have included faceting so that it’s easier to find what you are looking for
- A simple, clean design that (hopefully) allows the content to be the focus
- Easily browsable ‘Special Collections’ (curated groups of websites on a theme, topic or event, including Brexit, the EU Referendum and the 2015 and 2017 General Elections)
Jennie Grimshaw, British Library
As this post from the UK Web Archive Blog explains work has been ongoing to capture the EU referendum debate by a team curating for the Legal Deposit UK Web Archive.
The British Library and curators from the Bodleian Libraries are now working on a ‘Brexit’ collection. We have all seen in the last few weeks how quickly the political landscape can change dramatically and with that digital content changes or disappears very quickly. So the curation team is working hard to collect, for example, documents, websites, social media and academic debate for posterity. Separate collections are also being developed looking at the impact of Brexit on Scotland, Ireland and Wales, which are being coordinated by the relevant national libraries.
Access to the Legal Deposit UK Web Archive is via the readings room of the legal deposit libraries, the British Library, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Cambridge University Library, National Library of Wales, National Library of Scotland and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Two articles on official publications have been published in the spring edition of Legal Information Management, Journal of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians. Please note this is a subscription based journal.
UK Official Publications: Managing the Transition to Electronic Deposit at the British Library
Official Papers at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
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. Interesting article on curating the 2015 General Election As the 2005 and 2010 general elections have been archived it is now possible to show the growth in the utilization of the web by all political parties and how campaigning has developed on social media.
Hannah Chandler, Official Papers Librarian, Bodleian Libraries