Only launched last month, yet already we received this question from Heather Needham, the Principal Archivist (ICT & e-services) at Hampshire Record Office, soon after we announced the existence of the DA blog to the archival community via the JISC NRA listserv. “I presume ULCC is preserving its own blog somehow?!” she asks. By preserved she means preserved in a digital repository, say like UKWAC sites, or TNA’s digital archive. “I’d assumed technology existed to preserve blogs, as they are a 21st century diary, and therefore a continuation of material collected by archives already. I’m probably completely wrong on the technology front!” More »

As well as carrying out JISC’s collection management activities in the UKWAC consortium, ULCC are now involved in another aspect of UKWAC’s work. Following the consortium’s decision to move away from the PANDAS platform, and the associated hosting by Magus, ULCC’s infrastructure team have bid successfully to host the systems that the BL will use for its new service offering to UKWAC partners, based on the web curator tool (a shortlisted entry in the digital preservation awards.)

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We were recently relieved to learn that the Bernie Grant Trust archives website is still alive and well at For a few weeks in November 2007, the site appeared to have vanished, ostensibly another web-based resource to have fallen to the vicissitudes of short-term funding. True, the Internet Archive had captured a few impressions of it, but the site is a complex one – full of interactive elements and database-driven deliverables, to say nothing of the online exhibition and other materials which can only be experienced through the website.

Why haven’t UKWAC got a copy of this site? True, complex sites like this one tend to remain out of the reach of harvesting tools like PANDAS, which is based on HTTrack, and can’t get good results for sites which rely on complex server-side architecture. The site however is still unarchived as far as we know. More »

As I write, the UK‘s archive of websites is undergoing the process of migration, in the hands of the British Library who continue to act as the lead partners for the UKWAC Consortium.

There are at least two sides to this mammoth task. The first (which I assume is probably relatively easy) involves moving the archive of gathered websites from its current server infrastructure to its new one. The previous hosts, Magus, have decided they can’t see a future in archiving websites. The new host, very coincidentally, is ULCC; our infrastructure services recently won the contract to provide a home for the large quantities of stored websites.

The second migration aspect, which involves complexities I’m glad I don’t have to deal with, involves moving the publisher and website profiles across from the PANDAS database to the Web Curator Tool (WCT) database. More »