The BBC News Web site has published an interesting article entitled Future in Bits asking how can the ever-changing Web be archived bearing in mind the dilema of the malleable nature of digital information.
The article draws attention to the fact that no UK-based commercial online newspapers are currently being archived.
David Stuart, a research fellow in Web 2.0 Technologies at the University of Wolverhampton is quoted as saying:
“The lack of an exhaustive archive of the UK web space not only risks the loss of information on web pages that are changed or taken down,” he said. “It also undermines the value of pages that link to them; the value of the web comes as much from the hyperlinks between pages as the contents of the web pages. This is especially true in the blogosphere, where so much of the content created by the public is built upon the foundations of traditional news stories“
Jessie Owen, digital continuity project manager at the National Archives explains that the key to archiving is preparation.
This is something the JISC PoWR handbook can offer help with.