Capture extensively and store UK digital publications
Continue to work towards arrangements for legal deposit, storage and preservation of e-publications.
During the year the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel (LDAP) has been abolished, issuing its final report in March 2010. The DCMS sunsequently consulted on the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print) Regulations 2011. Having provided our response to DCMS they announced their intent to proceed with the process of bringing forward regulations for deposit of offline publications; harvesting the free web; harvesting e-journals, e-books and other e-publications, both freely available and behind pay walls; providing a legal umbrella for mutual deposit agreements with individual publishers. DCMS plan to lay the new regulations before Parliament this summer and we are planning for their implementation through our Digital Initiatives portfolio of projects and programmes.
DCMS plan to lay the new regulations before parliament this summer and we are planning for their implementation through our Digital Initiatives portfolio of projects and programmes. We are working with 25 publishers who have deposited publications with us and continue to encourage more publishers to place deposits on a voluntary basis.
Increase the awareness and effectiveness of our web archiving activities
We continued to play an active role in the UK Web Archiving Consortium, along with the other founder members of National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, The National Archives, the Wellcome Library and JISC, working collaboratively to fill the gap in web archiving and exploring technical and curatorial issues involved in the UK domain-wide harvesting. Since the group has wound up its role as a strategic team providing leadership and encouraging collaboration in UK web archiving, activities have been taken on by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) as its Web Archiving and Preservation Task Force.
The Library is a founder member and is the 2011 Chair of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), helping to introduce technical standards supporting improved tools for domain harvesting and access to web archives across the world.
All website instances copied to date are made freely available via the joint UK Web Archive. To date the Library has collected over 50% of the archive.