9 April 2013

100 Websites: Capturing the Digital Universe

"Websites don’t last forever. Formats change, whole sites disappear and, once lost, digital content is irretrievable"

But from 6 April 2013, this changed as the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Library and Trinity College Dublin, gained powers to archive the entire UK web, along with e-journals, e-books and other formats.

Regulations enable websites that end in .uk, or that are created or published in the UK, to be archived.

But how will we be using the Web in 100, 500 or 1,000 years time? And what will it say about who we were in 2013?

To mark the new regulations, curators from these libraries have chosen 100 websites which they judge to be essential reading for future generations researching our life and times in 2013. 

Take a look at the 100 Websites - they range from the homepage of a Scottish bus shelter to big culture-changers like Facebook and eBay.

The curators also want to know what you think - which UK websites aren't  included on this list that you'd want future generations to remember? 

Join the debate on Twitter - use the #digitaluniverse hashtag - and tell them which websites would be on your list!

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