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Delivering our strategic priorities

Progress against 2009/10 commitments and report
on key funding projects

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Capture extensively and store UK digital publications

Continue to work through the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel (LDAP) of which the British Library is a member, to make recommendations to Ministers on how to collect digital publications

The Legal Deposit Advisory Panel’s (LDAP) recommendations on the voluntary deposit of off-line materials were submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the revised voluntary scheme was launched on 1 March 2010.

Working towards regulations for archiving of the free web, the DCMS initiated a public consultation in December 2009 on the Panel’s recommendations to which the Library responded. For other commercial online publications, the LDAP recommendations were delivered to the DCMS by the much shorter deadline of 31 March 2010.

The UK Web Archive was successfully completed and officially launched by the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, then Minister for Culture, in February 2010, offering access in perpetuity to thousands of UK websites for future generations of researchers.

We have started to accept e-journals, including articles, and 25 publishers have agreed to participate and have deposited or allowed downloads.

Continue to collect offline digital items, e-journals and publicly available web content through voluntary schemes

We are an active participant of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), co-leading its Access and Harvesting working groups. We are the main collector and provider of the UK Web Archive, working in partnership with the National Library of Wales, Wellcome Library and the Joint Information System Committee (JISC). We have continued to collaborate with other external organisations, resulting in an increasing number of special collections within the UK Web Archive.

We successfully released a new user interface for the UK Web Archive, and exceeded all our annual targets for archiving, with the Library now holding 4,252 archived websites and 13,373 instances. Special general election collection is in progress, and our archiving of Olympic 2012 material is already underway. We are the only Library offering streaming capability for audio visual content.

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