24.09.2014

British Library selects website of the Ukrainian Institute in London for archive preservation for future generations


The website of the Ukrainian Institute has been included in the UK Web Archive, an initiative of the British Library, with a purpose to give permanentAs we live during times of a heightened propaganda war directed and funded by the Kremlin, it is important that history is preserved for future generations, without being rewritten in Orwellian methods. Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian online access to key UK websites for future generations. The Archive contains sites that reflect the rich diversity of lives and interests throughout the UK.

As many UK websites are constantly changing, they often contain information that is only available online. Responding to this challenge the UK Web Archive is there to safeguard these websites.

The UK Web Archive contains websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation. This includes sites that carry briefings, reports, policy statements, and other ephemeral but significant forms of information.

The UK Web Archive is designed to appeal to users across a wide spectrum of interest and knowledge: the general reader, the teacher, the journalist, the policy maker, the academic and personal researcher, and many more besides. Most users will find archived sites that deal with their particular area of interest or subject, and which may contain information that is no longer given on the equivalent live site. Sometimes the live site will no longer exist: in which case the UK Web Archive is likely to hold the only copy that remains.

“As we live during times of a heightened propaganda war directed and funded by the Kremlin, it is important that history is preserved for future generations, without being rewritten in Orwellian methods.” Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute, London

“We are delighted that the British Library has added the Ukrainian Institute’s website to the UK Web Archive. This will allow future generations across the globe to see developments and events related to Ukraine that are taking place in the 21st century”, commented Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London. “As we live during times of a heightened propaganda war directed and funded by the Kremlin, it is important that history is preserved for future generations, without being rewritten in Orwellian methods.”

Because the Web is of such cultural importance in itself researchers of the history of the Internet will also find the UK Web Archive of great interest.

In addition to working radically to increase the amount of content in the UK Web Archive, the British Library, which provides the underpinning infrastructure, is committed to improving the user experience of the Archive. The web site will gradually be developed to bring even better search capabilities and other features of value to the user. The UK Web Archive will also be stored in the British Library’s secure digital repository, designed to enable the UK to preserve and make accessible its digital output forever, as well as offering further opportunities of searching across various kinds of archive.

For more information contact Andy Hunder at ahunder@ukrainianinstitute.org.uk




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