Saturday 23 May 2009

Archiving web resources for a European Parliament Elections 2009 Collection

Below is an email I received on Thursday from the British Library.

As a scientist, I find the preservation of web resources an important work for a public archive, and with pleasure I agreed that they may use all content of this blog. I hope that others will do so, too.



The British Library would like to archive the following website for European Parliament Elections 2009 Collection:

Dear Julien Frisch


The British Library is developing a collection of websites relevant to the European Parliament Elections in June 2009. It is our intended aim to download selected websites once or more during the course of the campaign (from May to July) and subsequently make them available to the public via our website at


The European Parliament Elections are of international interest and the British Library believes it has a responsibility to archive relevant materials for the benefit of current and future researchers. This project is an important collaborative initiative between European National Libraries which will set a precedent for international subject-based website collections. 


We appreciate that you will be extremely busy at present however, we feel it is important to archive such valuable resources urgently before they disappear. If you do not wish us to archive your website please let us know, alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns at all. More information about copyright and how your archived website will be made available can be found in our FAQs at


Thank you for your time.


Yours sincerely



Web Archiving

The British Library

96 Euston Road

London NW1 2DB

E-mail: web-archivist []

UK Web Archive:


pp. Alison Hill

Curator, Web Archiving

The British Library

(Email published with the consent of the sender.)


Andreas said...

Julian, you might be interested in this piece, dated Nov 16, 2009 where Glyn Moody describes the policies of the British Library and its Digital Library System:

"Digitising content that is out of copyright, in the public domain, and then making us pay through the nose (...) for the privilege of viewing it online."