November 24, 2020

The UK Web Archive Gets a Fresh Look

From The British Library:

Until recently, if you wanted to research a historic UK website you may have had to look in a number of different places. There was the ‘Open’ UK Web Archive that contained the 15,000 or so publicly available websites collected since 2005. If you also wanted to check the vast ‘Legal Deposit’ web archive  (containing the whole UK Web space) then you would need to travel to the reading room of a UK Legal Deposit Library to see if what you needed was there.

For the first time, the new UKWA website offers:

  • The ability to search the entire collection in one place
  • the opportunity to browse over 100 curated collections on a wide range of topics.

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Who is the UK Web Archive?
UKWA is a partnership of all the UK Legal Deposit Libraries – The British Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Bodleian Libraries Oxford, Cambridge University Libraries, Trinity College, Dublin. The Legal Deposit Web Archive is available in the reading rooms of all the Libraries. A readers pass for each library is required to gain access to a reading room.

Note: The UK Web Archive allows users to search using either a URL or keywords. Collections of browsable “Topics and Themes” are also available. Some non-UK material can be accessed via the UK Web Archive. 

Learn More, Direct to Complete Blog Post 

Direct to UK Web Archive

See Also: Web Archives: A Tool for Geographical Research? (September 27, 2018)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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