The National Archives is to pilot a web archiving model for local authorities, initially focussing on seven archive services.
It will used as the basis for creating a template for procuring web archiving services and guidance on best practice to help archive services across the country develop their own web archives. Community or private websites which the archive services think may be of interest to future local historians will be archived as well as the local authority website itself.
Oliver Morley, chief executive and keeper of The National Archives, said: “We are working to share the expertise we have built up in archiving government websites with local archive services up and down the country, empowering them to create web archives of their own which will provide a digital history of their communities”.
The archive services which will take part in the pilot scheme are: Greater Manchester Archives Group (multiple services in a joint partnership); West Yorkshire Archives Service (covering the authorities of Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield); Sheffield Archives; North Yorkshire County Record Office; Surrey Heritage; Dorset History Centre (including the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council); and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archives Service.
Between them, these services cover 20 local authorities, and staff will be trained in how to develop a curated web archive for their area. They will be given free support from the National Archives and the Internet Memory Foundation, who is the partner of the National Archives in archiving central government websites.